Merkel calls flooding a catastrophe, promises government help

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media after a virtual "Summit of the Berlin process on the western Balkans 2021" in Berlin, Germany July 5, 2021. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the deadly flooding in her homeland a catastrophe on Thursday and said she was working with the nation's finance and interior ministers to determine how the government can get help to those that need it.

Merkel, on a visit to Washington, told reporters that many countries have expressed solidarity and offered help. "Here in Washington, my thoughts are also always with the people in our homeland," she said.

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Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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