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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 was one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history. Ten days later the THW had its first heavy-duty pumps running in New Orleans. Some 130 THW workers pumped away five million cubic metres of water – enough to fill 2000 Olympic swimming pools.  more: 10 years ago: THW in New Orleans with 15 large pumps after Katrina …

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