KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Red Crescent Society has donated US$10,000 (RM37,210) to the National Philippines Red Cross for the landslide and floods victims in Leyte.
MRCS national chairman Tunku Tan Sri Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman said this was in response to an appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that were seeking two million Swiss francs (RM5.7mil) for relief operations there.
He said five MRCS members were in the Malaysian rescue team that left for the Philippines on Saturday.
The massive landslide on Feb 17 wiped out hundreds of houses and a school packed with elementary students. More than 80 people had been confirmed dead while over 1,000 people are still missing.
He told a press conference at the MRCS headquarters here yesterday that the donations would be used to buy cooking utensils, mosquito nets, water containers and other items.
He added that funds were still very much needed and hoped that Malaysians would donate to the victims through the MRCS.
More rain is expected which could complicate rescue efforts and increase the likelihood of additional landslides, he said.
The next team is ready to be deployed if further assistance is required, he said.
Cheques or cash can be sent to the MRCS headquarters
at Jalan Nipah, off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, or banked directly into the MRCS Maybank account (number 514422103788).
Cheques should be made out to the International Relief Fund with Philippines Landslide and Floods written at the back.
All donations are tax exempted.