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Merkel pledges ongoing support for flood victims at state celebration

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised people for supporting each other after devastating floods in July and said those affected would not be left to recover from the disaster alone, as the state of North Rhine Westphalia celebrated its 75th anniversary. Merkel promised people they would not be left alone with this Herculean task, referring to the reconstruction needed after floods that left 184 dead and caused widespread destruction in the western German states of North Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. Merkel said she could still see the images of the terrible flood disaster in her…

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