Germans Question Handling of Floods as Hopes of Finding Survivors Fade

BERLIN—A relief official said on Wednesday rescue crews were unlikely to find any more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, and a new poll showed many Germans felt policymakers had not done enough to protect them. At least 170 people died in last week’s flooding, Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century, and thousands went missing. “We are still looking for missing persons as we clear roads and pump water out of basements,” Sabine Lackner, deputy chief of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland. Any victims that are found now are likely to be dead, she said. For immediate relief, the federal government will initially provide up to €200 million ($235.5 million) in emergency aid, and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday more funds can be made available if needed. That will come on top of …

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