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Refugees join Tyrol's storm damage clean-up

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Refugees join Tyrol's storm damage clean-up
Photo: ATV
11:54 CEST+02:00
A group of 100 asylum seekers have volunteered to help the clear-up operation after heavy rain and storms caused devastation in Sellrain and See in Tyrol.

Since Monday hundreds of firefighters, 250 soldiers, scores of Red Cross volunteers and police have been working hard to clear the flood damage.

A total of 3,000 people have been involved in the clean-up, with people coming from across Tyrol and Carinthia to shovel mud and clear debris and fallen trees.

From next week a group of around 100 asylum seekers from local refugee centres have said they will be joining the volunteers and want to extend a helping hand to people affected by the flooding.

Local aid organisations, as well as Caritas and Tyrol family firm MPreis are collecting money for the relief effort.

Caritas Tirol has made emergency aid of €400,000 available for families who were affected by the storms. 

Anyone who wants to offer assistance or donations is asked to get in touch with the department for civil protection - email or telephone 0512 / 508-2262 (during office hours).

Tyrol state governor Günther Platter (ÖVP) said the total damage amounts to around €30 million. 




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