theSun Haiyan Relief Fund: More Mercy teams

November 21, 2013 3:23 PM

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PETALING JAYA (Nov 21, 2013): In the coming weeks, more teams will be sent to the Philippines that is in desperate need of a large scale work to be carried out after the Typhoon Haiyan aftermath.

Updates from Mercy Malaysia stated that 13 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan across nine regions where 18% of the total affected population is concentrated in Eastern, Western and Central Visayas regions.

"Some 4.9 million children are affected by the disaster where 1.5 million children under the age of five are at risk of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM).

"About 4.6 million affected children are also in need of psychosocial support and protection against violence, trafficking and exploitation," said Mercy Malaysia vice-president II Norazam Ab Samah.

Norazam also said a total of 478,343 houses were damaged. "Some 240 municipalities lack power and this impacts water systems which need pumps to boost water flow (the public water system has been damaged)."

The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had increased to over three million – 371,000 IDPs in evacuation centres while 2.7 million IDPs are now living outside the evacuation centres.

To date, five Mercy Malaysia medical teams have been deployed since Nov 13.

Mercy Malaysia plans to distribute hygiene kits to 2,000 families in the affected areas, with each kit serving a family of five costing RM180.

An estimated RM4.2 million, or RM50,000 a day, is needed to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.


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