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In mid-May, heavy and prolonged rain resulted in the most serious flooding in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than 100 years. During this period, altogether about 250 volunteers from THW supported the population in the flooded areas with the help of heavy-duty pumps and drinking water treatment units. The operations were completed on 23rd July.
At the weekend, heavy rainfall has resulted in flooded areas in the south of Denmark. The situation was particularly dramatic in the town of Tonder on the German-Danish border. Based on the framework of the border country concept, about 30 THW volunteers from the adjacent local sections supported the Danish authorities and organisations during the large-scale operation.
Only a few weeks ago, the refugee camp of al Azraq in the Jordan desert was deserted. Meanwhile, almost 10,000 Syrian have moved into their temporary accommodation – an end to this influx of refugees is not in sight. Every day, up to 600 new refugees arrive at the camp, who are supplied with drinking water by THW.
About seven weeks after the appearance of the devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, THW is till supplying the population of the Serbian town of Obrenovac with drinking water. With their drinking water treatment units, volunteers of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) are currently producing about 35,000 litres of water a day. THW's operations will last until the end of July.
About three weeks after the onset of the devastating floods in the Balkans, THW has completed the pump works in Bosnia. In the course of the operations, twelve heavy-duty pumps transported about 2.1 billion litres of water in Bosnia and Serbia. This amount corresponds to roughly 560 Olympic swimming pools. In both countries, the drinking water treatment will be continued.
The flood disaster in the Balkan continues; the affected states still depend on international help. First, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia asked the European partners for lifeboats, then, for high-performance pumps, which, among other suppliers, were provided by THW. Now it is drinking water that is urgently required.
In the context of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP), THW had been deployed in the Philippines since November. This week, the last THW volunteer will come back from the area of operations.
For weeks, snow and ice had a firm grip on Slovenia. Though the snow has melted, the population is still fighting against its impact. For two weeks, THW-volunteers have ensured the power supply in the region around Postojna.
THW provides another five emergency power supply units (NEA) for Slovenia. Volunteers will take the units, which have a performance of between 200 to 500 kVA, to Logatec in Slovenia and will then connect them to the Slovenian network. The operations will be supported by those THW-experts who have already been deployed in the area.
About four percent of the population in Slovenia is still without electricity. Meanwhile, an additional number of THW-volunteers have started their work. This afternoon, the German ambassador in Slovenia, Dr. Anna Prinz, visited THW’s sites of operation in Logatec and Postojna.