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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.

National Missions

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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International Missions

In Haiti THW volunteers distributed treated drinking water to the population.

Haiti: Five years ago the earth shook

On 12th January 2010 the earth in Haiti trembled. Due to the disaster, more than 200,000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands became homeless. One day after the disaster, a reconnaissance team of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief started its operations to support the German Embassy in Haiti. Altogether, the commitment of THW lasted for more than 18 months.
Camp 50 in the Ebola free country of Benin is set up.

Ebola epidemic: progress of THW operations

By now, THW has been active in West Africa for more than six weeks and has provided its logistical-technical contribution in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. Since the beginning of the operations, much has happened. Thus, for example, THW carried out numerous procurements in Ghana, set up several camps in Sierra Leone, performed technical maintenance work, developed a satellite communication system or supported the coordination of international aid. To date, altogether about 30 THW volunteers have been deployed.

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