PANDION supports flood victims

August 2021

The terrible pictures of the devastating storms in mid-July 2021 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Upper Bavaria have deeply shaken us. In order to provide direct and unbureaucratic help in this difficult situation to those directly affected by the flood disaster, PANDION has donated 100,000 euros to the non-profit organization NANDINI international.

Since the first hours after the flood, the Cologne-based organization, together with many volunteers, has been supporting the clean-up efforts and collecting and distributing urgently needed donations in cash and kind. PANDION's donation will benefit the daycare center "Die magische 12" and the youth center "KICK" in Bad Münstereifel, whose premises were completely destroyed in the disaster. In addition, the donation will go to ten families who were hit particularly hard by the storms and lost everything.

Commitment by PANDION employees

In addition, PANDION CEO Reinhold Knodel gave his employees the opportunity to exchange their daily work routine for a day in the flood area. Twenty-five employees responded to the call and, together with NANDINI international and other volunteers, set off for clean-up work at the Sankt Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, which had been severely damaged by the floods.

The hospital had to be completely evacuated in the night from July 15 to 16, 2021. In total, more than 300 patients had to be evacuated from the building - the water was meters high. Several floors of the main building and the associated hospital pharmacy were so badly damaged by the storm that they are unusable for the time being.

Part of the cleanup consisted of preparing everything for drainage: This required removing the entire floor of the hospital pharmacy to prevent mold growth. In total, the PANDION employees were able to remove around 500 square meters of PVC flooring and screed during the operation.