State governments are scrambling to set up mobile COVID-19 vaccination centers in western Germany as rescue efforts increase the threat of infection. Residents say they have bigger concerns than the pandemic now.
Germany is in shock. Days of heavy rain caused several rivers to burst their banks, flooding entire towns and villages. More than 160 people lost their lives.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has signaled his support for emergency text alerts on public broadcaster ARD. Privacy concerns have so far kept such mechanisms out but deadly floods have led to new support.
With the recent floods causing billions of euros in damage to homes, businesses, roads and rails, Berlin is set to release emergency aid to rebuild the affected regions.
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