Wednesday, November 09, 2005


November 9, 2005 5:13am (EDT) - Cocoa, Florida USA - Report submitted by Joe Hurston

Yesterday we reported that disease was breaking out and early this morning several top headlines confirmed that Possible Cholera outbreaks are beginning to appear in camps throughout Pakistan.

Wednesday November 9, 09:09 PM (Pakistan time)

Possible cholera outbreak in Pakistan quake camps

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AFP) - Hundreds of earthquake victims in Pakistani Kashmir have acute diarrhoea and doctors are investigating whether they are cases of cholera, the UN World Health Organisation said.

Aid workers are urgently trying to improve water supplies and sanitation at the cramped refugee camps where the survivors fell sick in the devastated regional capital Muzaffarabad, WHO technical officer Rachel Lavy told AFP.

"In one camp we visited yesterday there were 55 cases of diarrhoea and there are so many spontaneous camps that we believe there are hundreds of others," Lavy said as she headed to one of the camps.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned it is racing against time and a shortage of international aid cash to prevent a possible second wave of deaths from disease, cold and hunger after the October 8 disaster.

"The WHO is saying that even if the laboratory diagnosis is not confirmed, these cases should be taken as seriously as if they were cholera," said UN spokeswoman Amanda Pitt.

WATER-BORNE disease is a major threat to lives in Pakistan. The death-toll could sky-rocket if agressive measures to provide clean water in these crowded camps and isolated locations are not taken immediately!

Air Mobile is ready to depart as early as this Friday, 11 November with 50 Vortex Voyagers TM and another 150 to follow in short order. We are racing against time and thousands and thousands of lives hang in the balance!

Today, we are going to make a second appeal to President Bush on this urgent matter. We must not sit by and watch this disaster unfold when WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Pakistan desperately needs our help!

Last week while we were in Pakistan, we went to one extremely isolated village and literally had the Vortex Voyager TM pumping very clean water in less than 3 minutes! These portable water purification units SAVE LIVES!!

We'll report more later today. GOD BLESS YOU and thank you for your prayer and support!!


Joe Hurston
President - Air Mobile

Actual Letter Sent to President George W. Bush - Second request for assistance - Sent via Fax on November 9, 2005 at 2:54pm (EDT)

November 9, 2005

Dear President Bush:

Mr. President, this is my second request for immediate funding / assistance on a critical project to help the Pakistani people after the terrible earthquake of October 8, 2005. Our request is for funding 200 Vortex Voyager TM water purification units with battery/solar power at $3000 per unit. Please forgive my persistence in this matter; however, we believe that we have the ability to save many lives if we act quickly. The death-toll of 87,500 may double rapidly!

Since our first request, dated November 7, 2005 (attached below), there has been an outbreak of, what is likely, CHOLERA in many camps throughout the affected regions of Pakistan. I personally led a team that successfully deployed 6 water purification units in devastated areas of Pakistan last week. The bottom line is; that for a relatively small amount of funding, we can save thousands of lives. The best way to treat cholera is with clean water. A man can dehydrate in about four hours. If clean water is not readily available, death will occur. We have been assured of full logistical air-support to place these units in the disease outbreak “hot spots”. In my first communication to you, I included documentation showing this support.

For brevity in this communication, you may go to our website at or you may click on Air Mobile team back from Pakistan! Click Here to see running journal.

Later today, I hope to be interviewed by CNN. In the past, our relief efforts have been covered by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, HD-Net World Report, PBS, BBC and CNN and also published in several major newspapers.

Mr. President, having been to Washington many times I know full well the beaurocratic maze. Time is not a luxury that we have in Pakistan. Sir, I plead with you in behalf of thousands that may die. I have been doing relief work of this type for 27 years. I know that we can help in this critical situation. We are prepared to return immediately upon receiving funding for these 200 units. Here are all of my numbers for 24/7 contact.

Office: 321-267-7726
Cell: 321-544-7757
Home: 321-504-7611

I hope to hear from you soon!


Joe Hurston
President – Air Mobile Ministries

Air Mobile Ministries is a 501C-3 Faith-Based Non-Profit Organization established in 1984.