Mercy Malaysia: Taal volcano victims need help


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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2020

Staying hopeful: Residents displaced by Taal volcano’s eruption attending a Catholic mass in an evacuation centre in Tagaytay City, Philippines. — Reuters

PETALING JAYA: Mercy Malaysia has dispatched a four-man team to provide humanitarian assistance to villagers and residents affected by the eruption of Taal volcano in the Philippines.

The humanitarian services organisation said two officers from Mercy Malaysia Philippines team and another two from Kuala Lumpur were deployed to the affected area yesterday.

It is now seeking donations from the public.

It said that the team would 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 the Philippines, ” its executive director Amran Mahzan said in a statement on Saturday.

The Taal volcano in 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 about 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 Malaysian website www.mercy.org.my.

All contributions are tax-exempted.

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