Merkel, who described the wreckage she watched as “terrifying”, pledged to speed up efforts to clean up the damage caused by the severe flooding.
“We are by your side,” she said, according to the BBC.
The newspaper reported that at least 188 people in Belgium and Germany died in the devastating floods on Sunday morning.
After seeing the state of the German city of Schuld, one of the hardest hit areas, Merkel said she had a “real picture, I have to say, of the surreal and ghostly situation”.
” It’s shocking. I can almost say that the German language has no words to describe the destruction that has been brought about, ”Merkel reportedly added.
Merkel, a seasoned German politician, said she was delighted to see the Germans banding together to help each other.
“What I was able to see, however, is also incredibly heartwarming – how people stick together, how they help each other, the solidarity that exists. “
“Fortunately, Germany is a country that can handle this financially,” Merkel added, according to the Associated Press.
In response to the floods that ravaged Germany, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Luxmberg and the Netherlands, Merkel called on world leaders “to be faster in the fight against climate change,” reported the BBC.
“Germany is a strong country and we will resist this force of nature in the short term – but also in the medium and long term, through a policy more respectful of nature and the climate than we have done in recent years. years, ”she said. said, according to the AP. “It will be necessary too. “
Record-breaking rainfall in Western Europe on Thursday knocked over buildings and swept away vehicles, leaving the country and its neighbors in disarray. The death toll and the number of people missing increased slightly in the days following the flood.
Malu Dreyer, governor of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, lamented the suffering that the floods have brought to his locality.
“There are dead, there are missing, there are many who are still in danger,” Dreyer said last week.
“We have never seen such a disaster. It is truly devastating.