THW mission in Ahrweiler: Helpers insulted
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Emergency services from the Technical Relief Organization (THW) sometimes have to fight attacks and insults in the flood areas.
"If you are on the road with emergency vehicles, you are thrown with garbage," said THW Vice President Sabine Lackner in the "Frühstart" of RTL and ntv on Saturday.
“It goes so far that our helpers are insulted”.
At some locations, THW employees were filmed by people who did not identify themselves as the press.
Lamented Lackner, there were frustrated flood victims behind the attacks, but above all people from the lateral thinker and prepper scene who pretended to be affected and consciously created a mood.
Preppers are people who equip themselves with all sorts of supplies and equipment for any disaster.
For protection, THW emergency services had partly removed their name badges, said Lackner RTL / ntv on.
"That is very, very regrettable and burdens our emergency services." However, no operation has yet been canceled because of the incidents.
Psychologically, however, the situation is very stressful for the many volunteers.
According to Lackner, around 30,000 people in the flood areas currently have no drinking water, no electricity or even have to do without both.
The THW is preparing for a longer mission.
"We are currently assuming that we will be there for a few more weeks."
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