PETALING JAYA: Mercy Malaysia is seeking donations from the public to help those affected by the erupting Taal volcano in the Philippines as it deploys a four-man team to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected.
The humanitarian organisation said two officers from Mercy Malaysia Philippines team and another two from Kuala Lumpur were deployed to the affected area on Saturday (Jan 18).
It said that the team will conduct assessments and provide immediate response over the course of the following week.
“Our team will meet with the relevant authorities and establish base camp within 48 hours. Following that, we will begin distributions of relief aid items to the people affected by the volcano eruption.
"At the moment, the most critical needs are jerry cans, food supplies, N95 masks and hygiene items, as people had to evacuate in a hurry.
“We appeal for donations from caring Malaysians to help our neighbours in Philippines, ” its executive director Amran Mahzan said in a statement on Saturday (Jan 18).
The Taal volcano, located in the district of Batangas, Luzon Island, has remained at alert level four, the second-highest warning, indicating a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours or days.
It has been reported that approximately 125,000 people have fled from ash-filled villages and have taken refuge at emergency centres in Batangas alone.
The public can make donations via the Mercy Humanitarian Fund (MBB 5621 7950 4126) or Philippines Relief Fund on its Malaysia’s website www.mercy.org.my.
All contributions are tax-exempted.