Floods: Mercy Malaysia provides food, hygiene kits and medication to flood victims

Residents wading through a flooded road in Shah Alam, Selangor today (Dec 20). Mercy Malaysia's current rescue and aid distribution effort includes Shah Alam, Klang, Hulu Selangor and Sepang. Photo: Vincent Thian/AP

Medical and humanitarian aid organisation Mercy Malaysia is reaching out to flood victims by providing aid like food and medicine.

"We have planned Mercy Malaysia’s Flood Relief operations since November and geared our resources towards the North-East Monsoon flood preparedness. However, last weekend’s flood disaster around the Klang Valley has caught the whole nation, including Mercy Malaysia, off-guard.

"Nevertheless, being a humanitarian organisation that has Total Disaster Risk Management (TDRM) at the core of our values, we were able to quickly mobilise our team of professionals to help Malaysians through this time of need," said its president Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus.

Among the organisation's immediate focus is to provide ready-to-eat meals, drinking water and personal hygiene kits to the affected communities in the Klang Valley. The rescue effort and aid distribution is ongoing in many other places including Shah Alam, Klang, Hulu Selangor and Sepang.

Mercy Malaysia’s newly appointed executive director, Malcolm Chapman added, “Mercy Malaysia will also emphasise on providing non-communicable disease (NCD) patients access to medication as most of these patients had to leave their homes hastily or displaced without their medication supplies.

"This includes paying attention to hypertension, diabetes, bronchial asthma and other chronic NCD patients. In addition, a preliminary assessment conducted by the teams on the ground has identified several other items needed such as personal medical supplies and basic items for women and children.”

Mercy Malaysia also plans to set up mobile clinics, an area that has become one of the organisation’s expertise during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Flood Response will also include medical teams to support the Health Ministry and Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah (PKD) at evacuation centres for Covid-19 screening, medical examination and provision of non-communicable diseases medication.

In the meantime, for Melaka, Pahang and Kelantan, hygiene kits will be delivered to the affected areas through Mercy Malaysia’s chapters. The organisation said it will continue to assess immediate and mid-term TDRM needs which include emergency response, recovery and prevention programmes for the affected communities.

Those who would like to contribute to the Mercy Malaysia Flood Relief Fund can click here or donate directly to the MERCY Humanitarian Fund (Maybank: 5621 7950 4126). To volunteer, register here.

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