MORE than 10,000 people are feared dead after the fiercest typhoon ever recorded laid waste to The Philippines' east, overwhelming emergency services and leaving bodies rotting in the streets of shattered cities and towns. Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte, was smashed by 315km/h winds and ocean surges that flattened homes, turned cars into "tumbleweeds" and hurled ships hundreds of metres inland, creating a putrid swamp of debris and death. In scenes reminiscent of the lethal 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that hit the region, waves of up to 3m drowned those who had not been killed in collapsed buildings or by flying rubble (The Australian Newspaper).
Although our stocks of Aquaboxes are depleted following the recent deployments to the floods in Cambodia we are preparing to send remaining stock to the Philippines disaster areas as soon as possible. Funding is urgently needed to assist in replenishing stock and preparing as many Aquaboxes as possible.