West Java was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 17 July, followed by a tsunami, claiming more than 500 lives, injuring about 400 people and leaving more than 50,700 displaced.

Following the call for humanitarian assistance, MR sent in the first relief mission on 21 July, with 300 tents, 500 blankets and 500 hygiene packs to service the immediate needs at the displacement camps in Pangandaran. The second team was deployed five days later with five medical volunteers and more than S$5,000 worth of medical supplies. In addition to providing primary healthcare at the displacement camps, the team conducted educational programmes for the locals on malaria prevention and proper nutrition.

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