In October 2008, the Yemen flood killed more than 250 people, destroyed over 2,000 houses and left about 22,000 people internally displaced (IDPs). Together with the Arab Association and Singhealth, MR sent two medical teams comprising of 11 medical and two logistics volunteers over three weeks. They were deployed to the worst hit districts – Hadramaut, Tareem, Sah, Shibam and al Howta – and tended to some 1,800 patients through mobile clinics assisted by 14 Singaporean students studying in Yemen. The team also made rounds to the surrounding villages after their mobile clinics every day to distribute hygiene kits to affected families. US$20,000 worth of medical supplies funded by the Government of Singapore and the Blessing for All Fund of the Islamic Religious Council were also distributed to the survivors.

With further funding from MUIS’s Rahmatan Lil’Alamin Fund, MR deployed 10 iWater filtration systems to the affected areas to restore supply sources of clean water that had been contaminated by the flood. With subsequent funding from private and public donors, MR delivered $15,500 worth of rice, flour, sugar and ghee to in Tareem, enough to last 10 days for 1,700 IDPs.

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