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Germany’s flood rebuilding costs estimated in the billions

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The cost of rebuilding the flooded communities in western Germany will run into the billions of euros, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Monday, as the country’s death toll topped more than 160 and the search for some still missing went on. The flooding of the Ahr tributary devastated communities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where the number of people confirmed to have died has notched up to 117. In neighbouring North Rhine Westphalia, the number of dead stood at 47. Hundreds were injured and others are reported missing, although it is not known exactly how many as communicatio…

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