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Israel donates water tanks, purification units to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (ISECO) said yesterday that the government of Israel has arranged a shipment of water tanks and purification devices, scheduled to arrive in Taiwan later in the day, for victims of Typhoon Morakot.

"When the scale of disaster caused by Typhoon Morakot began to unfold, ISECO took the initiative to approach the Executive Yuan with the idea of shipping water devices that might be useful in the situation," the Israeli office said in a press release.

According to ISECO, the Executive Yuan welcomed the idea and immediately directed ISECO to the Ministry of the Interior, and then to the Taiwan Water Corp. in Kaohsiung.

Among a variety of solutions suggested by the ISECO, products from WaterSheer, an Israeli company that specializes in water purification, were selected.

The shipment will include two SOS Tank Systems to transport water to remote disaster-hit areas and hundreds of SulisPPD, a personal and simple-to-use device to purify flood and murky water into drinking water, the Israeli office said. Each SulisPPD can produce 700 liters of drinking water, which would be enough for a large family or a group of people, he added.

The shipment left Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv Thursday night aboard an EL AL flight. The supplies were donated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry with additional support from Giza Venture Capital of Israel and Huang Lung Engineering Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese company that has Israeli business partners.

The shipment was scheduled to arrive in Taiwan later in the day and Israeli Representative to Taiwan Raphael Gamzou was slated to oversee the direct transfer to the Taiwan Water Corp. in Kaohsiung, the ISECO said.

Gamzou also intends to be in Kaohsiung Aug. 15 to observe the use and efficiency of the devices, it added.

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