Germany's national railway operator Deutsch Bahn said it will take months, if not years to restore everything, and is confident of repairing 80 per cent of damaged infrastructure by end of the year.
Merkel toured Schuld, a village on a tight curve of the Ahr River in western Germany where many buildings were damaged or destroyed by rapidly rising floodwaters on Wednesday night.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to visit Schuld, a village near Ahrweiler that was devastated by the flooding, later on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
More than 30 people have died and dozens were reported missing in Germany and neighbouring Belgium.
After 16 years of dealing with Merkel, many officials in Washington and elsewhere are wondering what course Germany might take after the next election.
About 58.7% of the population has received at least one shot and 43% are fully vaccinated, according to official figures.
The 66-year-old took her first dose of AstraZeneca's vaccine in April, more than two weeks after German authorities recommended use of the jab only for people aged 60 and over.
The government had already agreed to increase the capacity to at least 40,000 for the final three matches of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Public health advocates said much more than just doses was needed, including money and logistical help to get shots delivered in poorer countries.
She and Biden were set to meet later Friday at the Group of Seven summit, a gathering of some of the world's wealthiest nations, taking place in England.
Anti-Israel protests in several cities this week have drawn concern and condemnation, particularly a protest outside a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen.
India has become the world's top coronavirus hotspot in recent days, reporting 349,691 new cases on Sunday alone.
Lawmakers are investigating the political and regulatory failings that allowed the Wirecard cheating to go unnoticed for years, with critics saying early warning signs were ignored.
Markus Soeder said Tuesday that he will back Laschet, the head of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, after the latter's party leadership gave him majority support.
Their Union bloc is the last major political force to nominate a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 parliamentary election, in which Merkel is not seeking a fifth four-year term.