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German president heading to western areas battling floods

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier plans to travel to the areas of western Germany batting historic flooding, he said on Friday. “I will get a picture of the situation on the ground and above all seek talks with first responders and those affected,” Steinmeier said, describing the floods and many deaths as a tragedy. He said he was stunned by the situation and that his thoughts were with the families mourning those they had lost, saying their situation touched his heart. He called for tougher action to combat climate change and limit such extreme weather. For now though, what matters is …

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