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LATAM Cargo and Fraport Provide Aid to Peru’s Flood Victims

LATAM Cargo and Fraport Provide Aid to Peru’s Flood Victims

Following the severe storms in Peru this March, which left dozens of people dead, there was an acute shortage of clean drinking water throughout the country. This prompted Fraport and its local subsidiary to provide 25 water-filtering containers. They can filter approximately 30,000 liters per day, thus providing clean and safe water for up to 10,000 flood victims in Peru. LATAM provided assistance and covered the transportation costs.

 

Unrelenting rains and increasingly dramatic flooding have ravaged many areas of Peru for weeks. Because of the pressing emergency, flood victims were in urgent need of clean drinking water, especially in remote areas of the country. Thus, Fraport AG and its Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. (LAP) subsidiary have jointly responded to this humanitarian crisis by acquiring portable water-filtering containers known as PAUL (Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving) to send to Peru.

The PAUL containers were airfreighted from Frankfurt to Lima, thanks to the generous support of LATAM Cargo. Each PAUL system filters up to 1,200 liters of water per day – supplying clean water for 400 Peruvians daily. The 25 containers can filter approximately 30,000 liters per day, thus providing clean and safe water for up to 10,000 flood victims in Peru.

The WaterBackpack PAUL system is a portable water membrane-filtering container that can be easily used by the flood victims themselves and can be distributed to remote regions – each container weighs only about 20 kilograms. PAUL was developed at the University of Kassel in the German state of Hesse. Since 2010, PAUL containers have been successfully dispatched to many parts of the world where crisis has struck – with more than 2,300 systems currently providing live-saving water to people in nearly 70 countries.