Mercy Relief has sent 8 units of Ultra-Filtration water systems from Singapore and Vietnam to Taiwan in support of the ongoing relief efforts to the victims of the recent Typhoon Morakot.

The dual-hollow fibre membrane filter systems arrived in Taiwan last Sunday, 23 August with China Airlines providing complimentary freight service from Singapore. As in many wet disasters, contaminated water is the main and serious issue. The systems would allow more victims to have access to clean and safe water for consumption.

Mercy Relief’s team is currently in Kaoshiung to deploy the systems and train the local users. The Mercy Relief team is partnering the Soka Gakkai International (Taiwan) and will be deploying the systems to the affected areas in consultation with the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission and the National Water Corporation.

The 800-litre per hour system was designed by Singapore water firm Glowtec Environmental Corporation and each unit costs about USD 2,000. The systems were previously deployed successfully by Mercy Relief during the Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the major flood in Yemen last year.

These first 8 of 20 units of Ultra-Filtration water systems were procured with the donation from Chen Su Lan Trust. Mercy Relief will be deploying the remaining 12 units to Taiwan and the Philippines by the end of the month.

MR will be sending a medical relief team together with the medical personnel from Singhealth on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 to the worst-hit area of Botolan in northern Luzon, the Philippines.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org