Wirksworth charity issues emergency appeal for Asia floods

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Wirksworth charity Aquabox is appealing for help to send emergency supplies to areas of Asia hit by catastrophic floods in recent weeks.

The organisation has been heavily involved with relief efforts following severe monsoon rains in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

More than 1,200 people are known to have died and millions more forced to flee from devastated communities, raising fears of food shortages and the risk of disease.

Aquabox Trustee Roger Cassidy said: “Sadly, the country endures disasters on a regular basis.

“Aquabox has long-established partnerships with Rotary Clubs in Nepal, the British Gurkha Rifles, Nepal Armed Police, Nepalese Army and other agencies, and we were able to work together to respond quickly and effectively after the floods occurred.”

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 humanitarian aid boxes to countries around the world suffering from natural or man-made disaster.

Each Aquabox is designed for a family and contains a filter for safe drinking water and more than 70 items including shelter materials, tools, bedding, cooking utensils, personal hygiene supplies, baby and children’s clothing, educational resources and toys.

While the charity held a strategic stock of boxes in the region, it urgently needs to send follow-up shipments.

To support their efforts, go to www.aquabox.org.