Mercy Relief’s first batch of supplies reached Pursat after the Singapore-based organisation’s assessment of the flood-hit western Cambodian province a day earlier.  Five tonnes of locally-procured rice and three units of bicycle-powered water filtration systems from Singapore were brought in to address the food shortage and severe lack of clean water faced by the affected communities.  Another water filtration unit was deployed at Takeo province on Sunday.

Gratitude & Goodwill – DPM Sok An extending his appreciation to MR”s Assistant Directors, Francis Lee and Jaffar Mydin, in Takeo province.

A total of fifteen tonnes of much-needed rice and 6 units of water filtration systems including water containers have been delivered and distributed to the affected communities in the provinces of Takeo, Kampong Cham, Pursat and Phnom Penh. Arrangements are underway to deliver relief supplies to Kandal and Kampong Thom provinces. The 10 units of Singapore-made water filtration systems were flown into Cambodia complimentary by Silkair.

The Mercy Relief response team landed in Cambodia last Friday, less than 48 hours after it received a direct appeal made by the Cambodian Senior Minister in charge of Special Mission and Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), Dr Ly Thuch. Mercy Relief is closely partnering the NCDM, the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSAVY).

Another 15 units of the bicycle-powered water filtration systems left Singapore on Sunday for the Philippines to help the victims of typhoons Nesat and Nalgae. Typhoon Nesat battered 35 provinces in nothern and central Luzon 27 September, followed five days later by Typhoon Nalgae that etched a similar track to Nesat causing further damage to 17 of those 35 provinces. They are scheduled to arrive in Manila on Friday.

The lake that wasn’t – –MR staff crossing what used to be rice fields, to reach the affected communities at remoteareas.

   

Storing cleaned water – –Containers for distribution to each affected household in Takeo.

Turning burden to blessing – –Senior Minister Ly Thuch observing the Singapore-made water filtration system at work.

 

Of Hands & Hearts – –MOSAVY Minister Ith Sam Heng receives rice and water systems from MR CE Hassan.  

Aid arrives – –Distribution and deployment of rice and water filtration systems with MOSAVY at Kampong Cham.

Commenting on the food shortage in Cambodia, Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad said, “It is a triple whammy for the affected rice-farming communities. First, they have lost all their existing rice stocks which were meant for their current consumption. Secondly, the floods which came just two weeks prior to this year’s harvesting, have caused substantial destructions to the crops and loss of earnings. Thirdly, having nothing much with them when they fled rising waters earlier, the escalating prices of rice have made it very difficult for the survivors to procure rise, which is the staple diet for Cambodians. The floods situation here is similar to those in the Philippines and Thailand, where hundreds of thousands have been left homeless and more worryingly, massive harvest crops have been destroyed. We are closely monitoring the situations at all these countries, including Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.”

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