Merkel calls flooding a catastrophe, promises government help

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media after a virtual summit, in Berlin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the deadly flooding in her homeland a catastrophe on Thursday and said she was working with the nation's finance and interior ministers to determine how the government can get help to those that need it.

Merkel, on a visit to Washington, told reporters that many countries have expressed solidarity and offered help. "Here in Washington, my thoughts are also always with the people in our homeland," she said.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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