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Rotary Club Launches Local Aid Effort For The Philippines

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6:53am 12th November 2013
(Updated 6:55am 12th November 2013)

Dorchester's Rotary Club is sending vital supplies to the 10 million people in need of food and water in the typhoon hit Philippines.

10,000 are estimated to have died in the disaster and rescue teams are desperately holding out hope in their search for more survivors, but time is rapidly running out.

Dorchester's Rotary has launched a charity drive to get special water aid boxes and shelter kits to the worst hit areas and they'll be in town raising funds tomorrow (Wednesday) through Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Speaking to Wessex FM Rotarian Peter Noble explains how the lifesaving kit works:

"The water survival box contains various bits of equipment; essentially it allows people to generate clean water. It has a pump and you pump the water through that and it cleans it, into the box that it comes in. There's also plenty of other bits too, colouring books and such for children, tools, methods of eating like a cooker so people have an opportunity to have some sort of life and water to keep going."

Peter said people in Dorset have always been toward the front of the line to help in the event of a disaster:

"I remember the Tsunami because I was there on the street and 2 people came up and gave us cheques of £5,000 each and people were taking out £50 from cash machines and just giving it to us. People are great and it's terrific to have such generous people living in this town."

About 4.3 million people have been affected by the Typhoon in 36 provinces. Evacuation centres are overwhelmed with an estimated 330,900 people piled into 1,223 hubs. Over 11,000 people are staying with host communities.

The Philippine Government has accepted the UN offer of international assistance and the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today (Tuesday 11th November) launched an appeal to help people affected."

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