President János Áder and House Speaker László Kövér have expressed their condolences to the families of the victims of the floods in Germany and to those injured.
In a message to the German head of state, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Áder said he was deeply distressed to learn of the floods which have wreaked massive damage in the provinces of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, and he offered Hungary’s help to Germany. He wrote that Hungary “stands by the people” of Germany and is ready to help in clean-up efforts. The president said that hopefully work could soon start on rebuilding the affected areas so that inhabitants can return to their peaceful lives.
Kövér sent telegrams of condolences to Wolfgang Schäuble, the president of Germany’s Bundestag, Reiner Haseloff, the speaker of the Bundesrat and prime minister of Saxony-Anhalt land, André Kuper, president of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Hering, president of the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate, Patrick Dewael, president of Belgium’s lower house of parliament, and Sabine Laruelle, the president of the upper chamber. More than 100 people have died in the flooding caused by days of heavy rainfall in Germany. In Belgium, the death toll has risen to 23, while at least 20 people are missing.