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.more: Haiti: Five years ago the earth shook …
These days mark the first anniversary of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines: on 8th November, Haiyan swept through the island state with wind speeds of up to 236 miles/h to leave a trail of destruction. Until the end of January 2014, about 70 THW volunteers provided afterwards important emergency aid, above all in the sector of drinking water supply.
Approximately six months after it was opened, about 15,000 Syrian civil war refugees live in Camp al Azraq in Jordan. The work of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is making progress, whilst more and more people are arriving at the camp.
About seven weeks after the appearance of the devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, THW is till supplying the population of the Serbian town of Obrenovac with drinking water. With their drinking water treatment units, volunteers of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) are currently producing about 35,000 litres of water a day. THW's operations will last until the end of July.
“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.
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.
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.
Upon request of the Foreign Office, THW will send a five-man team to the Philippines. From the Philippine capital of Manila it will support the German embassy in assessing relief possibilities to be carried out by the Federal Government as well as exploring the deployment options for THW.
During the first international in-house exhibition about the topic of water at the National Training School in Hoya, THW offers an opportunity for innovation to more than 20 exhibitors. The wide range comprises mobile equipment, which is operated by renewable energy, and flexible water containers. For two days, the water experts of THW will carefully examine the large spectrum of mobile drinking water treatment units and accessories for worldwide use.
Premiere for THW’s Rapid Deployment Unit Water and Sanitation Abroad (SEEWA): at the beginning of June, the SEEWA-module “Middle” exercised an emergency case, together with an international unit. It was the first time that SEEWA took part in an exercise abroad. The exercise partner in Ranst, Belgium, was a team of the civil protection unit B-FAST (Belgian First Aid und Support Team).
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 THW-volunteers were virtually active to exercise a humanitarian emergency operation after a serious earthquake abroad. At Bonn’s headquarters, regional offices and offices, all management and coordination staffs were mobilised. That means that during the exercise actually about 250 full-time THW-employees and collaborators exercised an emergency case across Germany.
Under the motto “Responding to Global Challenges – Water in an Urbanising World“, the World Water Week brings this essential commodity to the public’s attention: An increasing number of people need more and more water. At the same time, drinking water resources are becoming scarce, and the pollution of water increases. THW is ready for international emergency operations to help with its drinking water treatment units.
After serious earthquakes, drinking water is often a rare commodity and vital for the surviving population. After disasters, quick help is particularly important, and everything has to run like clockwork. For four days, THW-volunteers of the SEEWA (Rapid Deployment Unit Water and Sanitation Abroad) exercised in Ulm the emergency case of such situations.
Who remembers the serious floods in Pakistan? Since July 2010, about 14 million people have suffered from the impact of the monsoon rain. After nine months, the THW-mission in Pakistan was completed yesterday. Recently, THW operated in the country as part of the relief association International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP). Another task of THW in Pakistan was the treatment of drinking water.
The topics of security, navigation, surveying, communication and PR work were on the agenda of the cross-module SEEWA-training which took place in Hoya last weekend. 100 volunteers of the module north, middle and south were trained in theory and practice. SEEWA stands for the Rapid Deployment Unit Water and Sanitation Abroad of THW. The emergency unit is mainly deployed across the world after natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, in order to supply the population in need with drinking water.
THW and the Swedish civil protection authority MSB have jointly started with the drinking water treatment for the south of Pakistan. Two months after the monsoon rain, the country still has to fight against the impact of the flood disaster. While the situation in the north of the country is slowly getting more stable, the south is still flooded.
The World Nutrition Programme and other UN organisations are setting up a base station in the Pakistani region of North Sindh for the coordination of the humanitarian help. They are supported by the aid alliance IHP (International Humanitarian Partnership). Since the end of August, THW has been a member of IHP. Two THW water experts accompany the 21-strong IHP-team, which will operate the base station in the town of Sukkur in the following six months.
In cooperation with the civil protection authorities from Sweden (MSB) and Denmark (DEMA), THW started its operations in Pakistan on Saturday. The area of operations is the province of Punjab, which has been particularly severely hit by the floods of the last weeks. The entire range of measures of THW is coordinated with the United Nations (UN) who is in charge of coordinating the operations on site.
Press release of the Federal Ministry of the Interior
Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the international relief measures are still working to capacity. On behalf of the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) implements building measures in emergency camps in order to protect them against the approaching hurricane season. Furthermore, as part of the project financed by ECHO, THW sustains the Haitian civil protection authority DPC by means of training measures.
THW continues its humanitarian help for Haiti. On behalf of the Office for Humanitarian Help of the European Commission (ECHO), THW and the Haitian civil protection (DPC) cooperate in order to improve the living conditions of the people in emergency camps in Port-au-Prince. Additionally, by means of training measures, THW strengthens the development and the structure of DPC. With the distribution of drinking water THW also contributes to the supply of people who live in emergency camps.
Two four-person fact-finding teams from the Federal Agency Technische Hilfswerk (THW) are setting off tomorrow (Saturday) for Ghana and Uganda. Upon request of the Foreign Office and acting on the instructions of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the teams will explore the situation in the severely flooded regions of both African countries.