Earthquake: STRABAG and RCG bring help by rail

STRABAG SE and ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) join forces to help earthquake victims in Turkey. A container village will provide accommodation for 30 families.

STRABAG SE, Austria’s largest construction firm, and RCG, Europe’s leading rail logistics specialist, are pooling resources to set up accommodation near the earthquake disaster zone in the Turkish region of Adiyaman. A month after the earthquake hit, the situation on the ground is still extremely critical. Several million people are in urgent need of accommodation, food, medicine and hygiene products. One of the biggest challenges is to get aid supplies to where they are needed.

As part of an inter-company collaboration, STRABAG and RCG are setting up a container village that will provide temporary homes for about 30 families. A special RCG train is in the process of transporting 30 STRABAG office containers and three sanitary containers to Turkey. Other aid supplies, such as furniture and urgently needed hygiene items, are also travelling on board the train. The containers will serve as living quarters for people made homeless by the devastating earthquake in the district of Gölbasi.

Imre Kovács (Member of the Board, RCG) with Klemens Haselsteiner (CEO Strabag SE)

A logistical challenge: help on the rails

The 220-tonne special train is currently on its 2,800-kilometre journey from Bratislava to Gölbasi in Adiyaman. The RCG transport route runs through Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and ends at the Turkish border. From there, a partner railway company will take responsibility for the onward transport to Gölbasi in Adiyaman, where the containers will finally be handed over to aid organisations.


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