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Germans count cost of record European flooding

Residents of the German city of Passau survey the damage caused by the worst flooding seen in central Europe since 2002. Their sodden belongings lining the streets, many local business owners complained they had been unable to get insurance due to previous floods. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RESTAURANT OWNER, CHRISTINA PLETTENDORFER, SAYING: "We asked the landlord back then, after the major floods in 2002, and it was the case that this side of the Danube cannot be insured. Sorry, but we won't get any money from insurance." Touring affected areas on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged more money to help flood victims rebuild. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We will of course increase our emergency aid. (The state of) Saxony-Anhalt today asked for 20 million and the federal government will meet that. The large damages need to be analysed afterwards and of course we will do what is necessary." Aerial footage

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