Von der Leyen pledges EU help on go to to flood-hit area
On a go to to stricken japanese Belgium, European Fee president Ursula Von der Leyen on Saturday pledged EU help to assist rebuild areas hit by this week’s lethal flooding.
“Europe is with you. We share your grief. We’ll enable you to to rebuild,” von der Leyen mentioned as she joined Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo within the hard-hit cities of Rochefort and Pepinster.
De Croo additionally mentioned on Twitter that “the presence of President von der Leyen exhibits that this solidarity goes far past borders.”
The intense flooding has killed at the very least 157 folks in Belgium and Germany.
Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands have additionally been affected by the surging water ranges.
European Commissioner for Disaster Administration Janez Lenarčič — who accompanied von der Leyen on the go to — mentioned he was “proud” that greater than 170 rescuers from France, Italy and Austria had been deployed via the European Civil Safety Mechanism and offered emergency help to affected folks.
Earlier this week, in response to a Belgian request, the EU activated its mechanism to help native flood rescue groups.