Singapore’s humanitarian NGO, Mercy Relief (MR) landed into the Visayas on Wednesday, two days before super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall onto the Philippines. Working closely with local partners, together with Bohol’s government and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), MR’s response team continued its ongoing relief efforts for the quake-stricken survivors and provided support to the vulnerable communities battered by the strong winds and heavy rainfalls brought by Typhoon Haiyan.

On Saturday, the team personally distributed its fourth tranche of aid which included food packs comprising rice, preserved seafood and cooking oil to around 2,000 people living in four evacuation centres of Calape municipality in Bohol. Displaced quake survivors in the province struggle with recovery as power supply, water generators and communications were disrupted by the lashes of Typhoon Haiyan which has affected around four million communities across the Philippine’s Visayas.

Speaking from the ground, Assistant Director of International Programme, Khairulnizam Massuan, shared, “The Philippines has been struck by a second major catastrophe within less than a month, and this has caused great anxiety, fear and chaos to the lives of the people. A lot needs to be done to support these displaced survivors, with many requiring urgent and critical assistance, especially food, water and shelter.”

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones recorded, made landfall onto the Philippines on 8th November 2013, bringing sustained winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour. Communities in eastern Visayas suffered direct hits, with death toll expected to reach 10,000 in Leyte’s capital city of Tacloban.

As of 11th Nov 2013, MR’s assistance worth over SGD55,000 has served around 1,400 affected families across the quake-stricken areas of Antequerra, Loon, Sagbayan, Cortes and Calape, through the donations from Cuffz Holdings, Cargill and Rahmatan Lil Alamin.

 

MR worked closely alongside the local authorities and partners to provide aid to the quake-stricken communities who also suffered the brunt of Typhoon Haiyuan in  Calape municipality of Bohol province.

 

Critical aid such as food, water and shelter are in urgent need for these vulnerable and crises-stricken communities.

* MR has been implementing relief and development projects in five areas across the Philippines – Bicol Region, Metro Manila, Mindanao, Zambales and Visayas – continuously since 2006 as part of its disaster risk reduction efforts in line with the Hyogo Framework and AADMER.  Click here to read more on “MR in the Philippines”.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance. 

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org