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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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Setting up of beds is only one of the manifold tasks of THW volunteers in refugee assistance.

Refugee aid: Around 11,500 THW volunteers in action so far

Around 11,500 THW volunteers have been providing refugee assistance in more than 300 locations across Germany. They have put in more than 106,000 hours of work, making it one of the largest THW operations in Germany since the organisation was founded. Thanks to its wide array of capabilities, THW can provide diverse support to the requesting authorities – federal states, districts, cities, town councils and aid agencies.
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.

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After the earthquake, THW provided the Nepalese population with drinking water.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW operations completed

With the return of the remaining four volunteers at the weekend, THW's operations in Nepal were completed after 44 days. After the devastating earthquakes, THW operated mainly in Kathmandu. On behalf of the Federal Government and upon request of the Foreign Office, THW deployed 33 experts to represent German Humanitarian Aid. The THW volunteers treated drinking water for the survivors, were active on behalf of the German embassy in a variety of tasks, inspected buildings and also supported the UN as well as the EU in the areas of logistics and the coordination of the international aid. The operations were financed by the Foreign Office.
THW in Nepal restarted the treatment of drinking water.

Earthquake in Nepal: Drinking water treatment restarted

On Wednesday, the THW volunteers in Nepal restarted the treatment of drinking water. After another earthquake on Tuesday, THW had to briefly interrupt their work.

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