Louisville doctor training to help flood victims in Pakistan

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The flood waters have almost completely eliminated the supply of clean water in Northern Pakistan, so Edge Outreach in Louisville is training Pakistani-American doctors to use its water purification system to help.

The UN reports that the tragic flooding in late July has killed at least 1,500 people, and at least 14 million people are at risk of disease. To put that into perspective, the flooding in Pakistan - the worst in nearly a century - is impacting more people than the Indian Ocean tsunami, Kashmir and Haiti earthquakes combined.

Edge Outreach is training a doctor from Louisville to make the trip to Pakistan to train others so the flood victims can have clean water. A lot of sickness and disease is spreading through contaminated water.

Dr. Shahid Qamar is learning how to set up the purification system.

"I have a lot of passion for these kinds of activities, and I'm very much excited," Qamar said. "Once I learn this I can go train there. It will be a very good project."

The system Qamar is learning how to set up can provide enough clean water for 10,000 people each day. Edge is hoping to work with him and the Pakistani-American Community of Louisville to send more water purification units.

"We looked at the situation in Pakistan and how devastating that is in terms of water and their health," said trainer Bob Browning. "One of the most powerful things we can do is equip someone and train them on how to take bad water and make it safe to drink."

One disaster relief water purification system costs $2,700.

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