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AACargo Supports Ecuador Earthquake Victims

[ May 19, 2016   //   ]

American Airlines Cargo (AACargo) has shipped more than 20 pallets of water purification units to families across Ecuador whose lives were devastated when an earthquake hit the region last month.

The massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake affected local water treatment plants and supply networks, which were severely disrupted in towns such as Manta and Portoviejo.

The carrier donated transportation to GlobalMedic, allowing the charity to send 560 Family Emergency Kits to Quito from New York (JFK). The specialist kits contain household water purification units which can provide clean drinking water to a family for up to a year, as well as essential hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

The kits were initially trucked from Toronto, Canada to JFK by a trucking partner who also donated their services. At JFK, the kits were loaded onto a Boeing 777 aircraft for onwards carriage through Miami, then to the Ecuadorian capital for distribution to the outlying towns and cities most affected by the quake.