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Heavy freezing rainfall caused power failures in Slovenia. THW has been deployed to provide support.

Freezing rain in Slovenia: THW provides emergency power

After heavy snowfall and freezing rain, the electricity has broken down in more than 80,000 households in northwest Slovenia. As the first international team, nine THW experts, equipped with three emergency power units, arrived at the town of Logatec in the early morning hours.
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THW-drinking water experts on their way to Cebu

“The people in the Philippines are in urgent need of help. With the deployment of our volunteers by the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Friedrich, and our technology, we want to contribute to mitigate the suffering in the affected areas”, said THW’s Vice-President, Mr Gerd Friedsam, in Berlin today on Wednesday. In the middle of the day, 17 THW volunteers will set off to the crisis area from Frankfurt and Berlin. There they will supply the population with drinking water, repair destroyed water systems and restore the infrastructure.
The material is packed for the operations

Fresh drinking water for the Philippines

Upon request of the Federal Minister of the Interior, Mr Hans-Peter Friedrich, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief will send two drinking water treatment units, a laboratory for the examination of water quality as well as tools for emergency repairs of the infrastructure to the Philippine crisis region. The 19 THW-experts will start on Wednesday.
From Rodgau in Hessen, THW transported at the weekend 20 tons of relief items provided by the relief organisation World Vision to the airport in Frankfurt.

Typhoon Haiyan: THW-team starts work

Last night, THW’s preliminary team arrived in the Philippine capital of Manila. On behalf of the Foreign Office, the five-man team is now supporting the German embassy in assessing the situation and relief possibilities to be carried out by the Federal Government. Furthermore, the THW experts are evaluating the operational options for THW.
Meanwhile, THW’s commitment in the camp of al Za´atari (picture) has been completed. THW volunteers are now supporting the setting up of a second camp.

Technical-logistical support for people in need

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day of 19 August, THW-Vice-President, Mr Gerd Friedsam, remembers the world-wide commitment of volunteers to people in need. “The World Day recalls crises such as in Syria even more strongly. So far, more than half a million people have fled to Jordan alone. There, THW does its utmost to improve the living conditions of the refugees by providing technical and logistical support”, said Mr Friedsam.
The floods have caused disastrous long-term effects in the communities.

River floods 2013: All THW-operations are completed

During the last six weeks, altogether more than 16,000 THW-experts have operated across an area which reaches from Bavaria to the North Sea. THW-President, Mr Albrecht Broemme gives a positive review: “With respect to the river floods, we have fulfilled our tasks and shown that the population can rely on THW.“
THW-pumps fighting against bodies of water.

THW - interim assessment after two weeks of flood disaster operations

At peak times, more than 8,000 THW volunteers per day from currently 523 local sections fought against the floods. “Such devastating high river levels require outstanding levels of technical and logistical performance. For days, THW experts have contributed a great deal. The floods have been the most serious disaster in Germany since 2002“, said THW-President, Mr Albrecht Broemme today on Friday.
Together with THW’s President, Mr Albrecht Broemme, Mr Chokri Ben Jannet, Director General of Tunisian civil protection, is examining the handed over vehicles.

Export hit honorary office: THW supports Tunisian civil protection

“Vehicles, tools and a good training are the cornerstones of efficient support in emergency cases“, said THW-President, Mr Albrecht Broemme yesterday in Tunis on the occasion of the handing over of 18 THW-vehicles to Tunisian civil protection. The handing over took place in the presence of THW’s Federal spokesman, Mr Frank Schulze on the Tunisian day of the honorary office. On behalf of the Foreign Office, THW is supporting Tunisia in developing honorary structures in civil protection.
One of many tasks: the clearing of debris at the location of the damage.

SEEBA passes UN-Test

Thumbs up for THW’s Rapid Deployment Unit for Salvage Operations Abroad (SEEBA): it fulfils the United Nations’ (UN) framework for humanitarian emergency relief operations after earthquakes. This was confirmed by the auditors of INSARAG after a 36-hour large-scale exercise in Wesel. Thus, SEEBA will continue to be represented in the assignment catalogue of INSARAG as a so-called “Heavy Team”.
THW-staff and members of UNHCR explored the territory near the border to Syria.

Syria Crisis: Water for Refugees in Jordan

The situation in Syria had gradually deteriorated. More and more people leave the country and seek refuge in the neighbouring states. THW supports the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in supplying a refugee camp in Jordan with water. THW’s contribution to the provision of the refugees is financed by the Foreign Office.

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