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Wednesday May 21, 2008 MYT 8:22:59 PM

Second MRCS team leaves for Myanmar

SEPANG: Another Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) disaster relief team was sent to Myanmar Wednesday morning to help Cyclone Nargis survivors.

The four-men team led by its secretary-general Maj Gen (Rtd) Datuk Megat Mohd Yusof Megat Mahmud would join the five Red Crescent workers who were already there since May 8.

"We will assess the situation there. The MRCS volunteers who were there can make a map assessment and observation, but I hope to get a better picture," he said.

The aid would be handed over to the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and then to the Myanmar Red Cross, he said.

"We will work with the Red Cross there and we have faith in them to ensure that the aid reaches the victims," he said, adding that their work would be supervised by the IFRC.

Due to MAS air cargo limitations for the day, they would bring with them 100 blankets and 100 mosquito nets, said Megat Mohd Yusof.

"It would cost MRSC half a million ringgit to get hygiene and cooking kits, blankets, mosquito nets and dispensary items for children and adults," he said.

Up till Wednesday, the public had donated RM341,000 to MRCS for the cyclone victims and he urged the public to also give to the China earthquake.

The other three men who left Wednesday were Zulkarnain Musa, Mohd Redzuan Abd Sukor and Khairuddin Othman.

The team would return to Malaysia on Saturday, said Megat Mohd Yusof.

More relief items would be delivered to Myanmar on Friday, May 26 and 28, said the MRCS disaster management manager Nasir Khan Abdul Rahman.

For each trip, they would bring 2.5 tonnes of relief items, which include 1,000 blankets, 1,000 jerry cans, 1,000 mosquito nets, 500 mats, 7,000 mineral water bottles and 500 bags of health kits, he said.

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