A week after the flood disaster began, the federal cabinet launched emergency aid worth millions.

According to the decision on Wednesday, the federal government is contributing half of the aid from the federal states with up to 200 million euros.

A total of up to 400 million euros would therefore be available.

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) underlined on Wednesday that the federal government may also make more money available.

"That is the mute we are starting from now," said the SPD candidate for chancellor. "But if it is the case that more is needed, then it is the case that we also make more money available." The development aid can also begin. There is no reason to hesitate. The money will be used to repair the worst damage to buildings and communal infrastructure and to bridge special emergencies. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) said after the decision: "The emergency aid is above all a support for people who have lost all their belongings." The announcements of rapid aid were now followed by deeds.

A construction fund worth billions is also planned. The exact amount should only be decided when the extent of the damage can be better foreseen. After the catastrophe, which has now more than 170 fatalities, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Scholz promised quick, unbureaucratic help.