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Flooding in the Balkans: Statement made at German Federal Press Conference, 21 May 2014

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The spokesman of the German federal Foreign Office:

On behalf of Foreign Minister Steinmeier, I would like to express our deepest sympathy with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia who are affected by the disastrous flooding in the Balkans. The situation there remains extreme. We, Germany and the Federal Government, stand shoulder to shoulder with those suffering. We are supporting the tireless assistance efforts with financial means, but are also providing personnel from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) among others. Today, the Foreign Minister decided to step up our emergency humanitarian aid. The Federal Government has now made available one million euros for aid measures carried out by humanitarian relief organisations, including the THW. The funds will be used directly to help people cope with the disaster and remedy the damage caused.