Between 14 and 18 May 2014, a low-pressure area designated "Yvette" or "Tamara" affected a large area of Southeastern and Central Europe, causing floods and landslides. Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the greatest damage, as the rain was the heaviest in 120 years of recorded weather measurements. By 20 May, at least 62 people had died as a result of the flooding, and hundreds of thousands had been forced from their homes. Floodwaters caused over 2,000 landslides across the Balkan region, spreading damage across many towns and villages. Official counts indicate that over 1.6 million people were affected in Serbia and Bosnia, after a week of flooding. A group of volunteers of the german relief organization "@fire International Disaster Response Germany" went to Bosnia to help the people in need.
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If somewhere in Hessen or Rheinland-Pfalz a helicopter is needed to save an life, a police helicopter will come with special skilled firefighters from wiesbaden. Startet in Egelsbach the helicopter, an Eurocopter EC 145, will pic up the two firefighters at the Police Headquarter of Westhessen. Within a very short time injured climbers, hikers or forest workers for example can be rescued. Both the pilots and the firefighters had to train regularly. For four days in early April they practiced together in Annweiler am Trifels (Rheinland-Pfalz) and Dickschied (Hessen).
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