Singaporean humanitarian NGO, Mercy Relief (MR) has deployed a 2-man preliminary disaster response team to Japan to ascertain ground needs and procure initial batch of relief supplies.

Following the devastating 9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, immense damage have occurred across three worst-hit coastal prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.  With over tens of thousands reported dead and missing and a looming nuclear radiation threat, the Japanese authorities are stretching its resources to overcome the severest earthquake to hit the country.

The MR team will establish logistical network for relief supplies distribution with UN agencies including UNICEF and WFP in the Japanese capital.  The team will be collaborating with its local NGO partners namely Peace Winds Japan and Basic Humanitarian Need (BHN) Association to support their relief efforts at the affected locations.  With an initial tranche of USD $20,000 provided by SAP Asia Pacific Japan, the team will help address the pressing needs for food, water and quilts.

Explaining MR’s mode of operation for the mission, Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad said that “The main function of the preliminary team is to support the local players to stabilize the prevailing humanitarian crisis and lay the ground for further assistance”

The preliminary team is expected to be in Japan for two weeks.  Relief supplies such as ready-to-eat porridge and water systems are ready to be dispatched from Singapore.

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