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As a partner in civil protection in Germany, THW assists people after catastrophes and accidents. The Federal Agency performs its legal mission not only in Germany but also during operations across the world in more than 100 countries now.

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On Thursday, a vessel with 2,400 tons of sulphuric acid capsized in front of the Loreley.

Jam at the Loreley

Currently, more than 200 vessels are waiting at the height of St. Goar to continue their journey. The reason for the blockage of the Rhine is a vessel with 2,400 tons of sulphuric acid which was damaged on Thursday and is now located across the Rhine. Due to the high water level, the waiting vessels cannot reach the coast and therefore are anchored in the Rhine. THW volunteers supply the mariners with staple foods which are becoming scarce on some of the vessels.
In Wertheim the peak of the river Main is expected on Monday evening. Parts of the town have been flooded for days.

Floods in Germany: Again Rivers burst their Banks

To pile sandbags, to control and stabilise banks, to build footbridges and to keep big and small pumps permanently running – these examples represent only some of the technical relief measures which about 1,500 THW volunteers have implemented for days across Germany. At the weekend, heavy rainfall and plus temperatures made rivers overflow in many places once again. After a short respite in the last week, THW volunteers are again deployed to fight against the water volume.

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As lots of houses were destroyed by the floods, people are looking for shelter in temporary camps that have been set up in schools or churches.

THW expert in Malawi

Last Friday, THW sent an expert in the field of information and communication technology to the south-east African country of Malawi. There, for three weeks, he will support international relief organisations in their fight against flooding.  
A THW volunteer repairing an all-terrain vehicle in Ghana.

Ebola epidemic: a provisional assessment

In West Africa several states are still fighting against Ebola. For more than four months, THW has participated in the international aid operations by contributing their technical-logistical expertise. These efforts are already showing their first sign of success. This fact was also confirmed by the Special Representative of the Federal Government, Mr Walter Lindner, when he visited THW's operational staff in Sierra Leone.

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