SINGAPORE, 17 October 2019

Mercy Relief, Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, will deploy a disaster response team today to Miyagi and Fukushima, Japan where Typhoon Hagibis, one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in the six decades, has devastated many communities. The water levels continue to rise at an alarming rate and have caused at least 170 landslides and mudflows in 19 prefectures.

The total number of deaths tied to Typhoon Hagibis has climbed to 77 and is expected to continue rising. More than 37,000 households are still without power and 130,000 homes have no water.

The Mercy Relief team will provide the first phase of emergency aid with hot meal distribution to 7000 people in affected communities of Miyagi and Fukushima, focusing on areas with water outages. Mercy Relief is working very closely with its local partners to determine the pressing needs of the affected communities and the team will continue to monitor the situation.

Mercy Relief will be launching a public fundraising appeal in Singapore from today to 16 November 2019. Members of the public may also make their donations via the following channels:

1) Credit Card donation via Mercy Relief’s website: https://www.mercyrelief.org/join/donate/

2) Crossed cheque made out to “Mercy Relief Limited” with “Japan Typhoon Hagibis Relief 2019” and email address written on the back of the cheque, and mailed to Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, Singapore 310160

3) Cash donations at Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, Singapore 310160

4) Fund transfer to Mercy Relief’s DBS Current Account 054-900741-2

5) Crowdfund via giving.sg for the “Japan Typhoon Hagibis Relief 2019”: http://www.giving.sg/mercy-relief/japantyphoonhagibis2019

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