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Aquabox and MapAction aid extreme drought and flooding

Aquabox and MapAction aid extreme drought and flooding

Two charities, AquaBox and MapAction race against time to support Pakistan and Paraguay during extreme flooding and drought.

Two Rotary-supported disaster relief charities are currently responding to two very different natural disasters in South America and Asia.

Aquabox, the Derbyshire-based international disaster relief charity, has managed a rapid response to the devastating floods in Pakistan.

The flooding has left over 33 million people affected and over 1,300 dead.

Thousands have been left homeless, resulting in limited access to clean water sources due to mass source contamination opening the communities to potential diseases such as E Coli, Hepatitis and others.

Aquabox has already sent a consignment of water filters, to provide access to clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and washing.

This initial shipment included 288 Aquabox family filters, and 20 community filters, which together have the capacity to meet the water needs of around 13,000 people.

A family filter, sufficient for the daily needs of seven or eight people, costs £35 – the filters are assembled entirely by volunteers, so there are no labour costs in that.

A community filter can support more than 500 people in a village, school or clinic, but comes at a cost of £450, the last shipment to Pakistan cost nearly £20,000 alone.

The charity aims to send further shipments, but with all the components of the filters being bought using donations, and constantly growing numbers of those impacted, more donations are needed.

Donate now using the just giving page or visit the Aquabox website for more information on how you can help.

On the other side of the world, in North America, the charity MapAction is faced with the challenge that is drought in Western Paraguay.

The drought has a huge impact on the people of Western Paraguay as almost half the population has indigenous roots, meaning that they rely on their land, crops and animals for food income.

So far, the drought has decreased access to water, health, food security and the livelihoods of thousands of people due to loss of farming potential and will only worsen until at least 2023.

The Governor of the Boquerón department in the North-West has made a request for urgent assistance, resulting in a combined UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) and MapAction team mission.

MapAction has deployed one of its highly experienced specialists, Luis Velasquez, who will be using his skills to supply situational data analysis, visualisation and geospatial expertise.