VENICE (CBSLA.com) — A number of Southland volunteers are set to travel to earthquake-stricken Nepal, where, among other things, survivors are in need of clean drinking water.
Thousands were killed when a massive, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region, crippling structures and devastating the country, which is desperately in need of a relief effort on a global scale.
The international non-profit group "Waves for Water", based here in Los Angeles, knows how it will be answering the call. The group's volunteers will head to Nepal to deliver large amounts of water filters.
"Clean water is preventative medicine," founder Jon Rose said. "It's also one of the only things to help stop the spread of disease. They have access to water in this region, in this whole valley. It's just not necessarily clean."
Rose says that the water will come from rivers, wells, lakes and ponds, and that the filters will be pivotal in making that water drinkable.
The trip to the deadly earthquake will mark the group's 12th response to a disaster.
"There's a certain level of risk that's going to be there, and we are going to be calculated, and tactical, and very, very well-thought-out," Rose said.
Just one filter, according to Rose, can provide up to 1,000,000 gallons of clean water. The team plans to bring 500 of them to Nepal.
For more information on the Waves for Water organization, visit their website here.
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