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International Missions

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.

International Missions

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.

National Missions

International Exercises

In the framework of the exercise, the Belgian government requested aid from the UN member states via the “Union Mechanism”

EUBelModEx 2015: Floods  in Belgium

Heavy rain fall, flooding and the release of dangerous substances – during the EU exercise “EUBelModEx 2015” in Antwerp (Belgium), which took place from 6th until 9th March, the participants trained transnational cooperation in several operational scenarios.
With exercises such as EuLuxModEx 2014, the European disaster management organisations strengthen trans-national cooperation.

EuLuxModEx: Storms and flooding in Luxembourg

Heavy rainfall, flooding and storms – these were the challenges with which the participants in the international exercise “EuLuxModEx 2014” were confronted in Luxembourg's Echternach last weekend. More than 100 international volunteers from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Slovakia took part in the trans-national training.

International Exercises

National Exercises

THW volunteers are giving the rescue dog the command to search for trapped people.

Earthquake in Rhenania: 72-hour exercise for the SEEBA

An earthquake reaching a magnitude of 7.8 has severely damaged the towns of Wesel, Bocholt and Weeze. It is feared that the disaster will lead to several thousand victims – this was the exercise scenario of a team with around 60 experts from THW's Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue Abroad (SEEBA).
Inflatable satellite devices speed up the construction.

OpEx Bravo: Communication in a crisis

Water, nutrition, medical care – after large-scale disasters, people depend on the humanitarian help of the international community. However, efficient help can only be provided when the operational teams coordinate their measures. In the context of the exercise OpEx Bravo, this week international IT and telecommunication specialists (ITC) will exercise the development and repair of communication networks for volunteers at THW’s National School in Neuhausen.

National Exercises

International Events

The Federal Youth winners from Kulmbach in Tunisia.

THW-Federal Youth winners visited Tunisia

Last week, young THW-volunteers from Kulmbach took part in events connected with the World Day of Civil Protection in Tunisia. The trip for the winners of the Federal Youth Competition 2010, included a tribute to Mr Frank Schulze for his merits for civil protection.
Participants in the Steuben Parade.

THW at Steuben Parade

On Saturday, THW-Vice-President, Mr Rainer Schwierczinski, and 120 THW volunteers took part in this year’s Steuben Parade in New York. The Steuben Parade belongs to the biggest ceremonies of the Community of ethnic Germans in the USA and pays annual tribute to the contribution of the Prussian General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben to the American victory in the War of Independence.

International Events

National Events

Angela Merkel with (f.l.t.r.) THW volunteers, Axel Müller-Storp, Gerd Friedsam, Thomas de Maizière, and Stephan Mayer.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited civil protection authorities

On Tuesday, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel visited, together with the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Bonn. She exchanged views with volunteers who commit themselves to civil protection.
Mr Norbert Seitz during his speech.

25 Years of THW’s Humanitarian Immediate Help

For 25 years, the Rapid Deployment Unit for Salvage Operations Abroad (SEEBA) has stood for THW’s competent and quick help after disasters abroad. Within a few hours after an alert, the SEEBA operational staff and their equipment are ready for their worldwide operations. At the weekend, the 25th anniversary was celebrated at the Centre for Logistics Abroad (ZAL) in Mainz.

National Events

International News

The two THW reconaissance teams completed their work in West Africa.

Ebola epidemic: THW's investigators back from West Africa

In the last few days, the two reconnaissance teams from THW returned from West Africa to Germany. On behalf of the Federal Government, since the beginning of October, they had investigated on site how THW can support the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The concrete and safe handling of ladders is part of the training in Tunisia.

Export hit honorary office: start of third training course in Tunisia

Since this week, more than 50 Tunisian volunteers have expressed their delight in honorary office commitment during the third training unit in Ben Arous near Tunis. Until the beginning of November, with the support of THW-staff, the volunteers will undergo THW’s basic training, aligned to local circumstances. At the launch on Monday, the German ambassador to Tunisia visited the project.

International News

National News

Two THW volunteers survey the scene of the flooding in New Orleans.

10 years ago: THW in New Orleans with 15 large pumps after Katrina

More than 1800 fatalities, hundreds of thousands of refugees and 80 per cent of New Orleans flooded: Hurricane Katrina, which hit the south coast of the USA on 29 August 2005, was one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history. The German government instructed its technical relief agency, the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), to step in, and ten days later the THW had its first heavy-duty pumps up and running in New Orleans. Six weeks later some 130 THW workers had pumped away five million cubic metres of water – enough to fill 2000 Olympic swimming pools.
In several West African countries THW contributed to the fight against Ebola: In Benin the volunteers of THW supported the construction of a base camp.

Ebola-epidemic: THW operations completed – results

Since March 2014 several states in West Africa have been fighting against Ebola. In the last nine months, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has supported the international aid operations with more than 70 volunteers from the technical-logistical sector. Yesterday, Sunday, the remaining two experts returned from Sierra Leone via Ghana to Germany – time to take stock.

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