Mercy Relief’’s six-man team arrived Bangkok on Friday to support the ongoing relief operations in which the Kingdom is facing its worst floods in over 50 years. The crisis has claimed more than 300 lives and left 2.5 million people displaced or affected.
On Saturday morning, Mercy Relief met Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Floods Operations Command Post to handover the Singapore-born NGO’s commitment of 70,000 ready-to-eat meals and 12 inflatable rescue boats to address the prevailing needs on the ground – food, water and accessibility to medical care. The total value of the relief supplies was SGD212,100.
For hunger and rehydration – MR CE Hassan shares with Thai PM Yingluck on the multiple benefits of the ready-to-eat beans soups. 70,000 packs are headed for the affected communities in Thailand.
The ready-to-eat meals which comprise red and green bean soups were similar to those which Mercy Relief distributed to the Tohoku communities after the earthquake and tsunami last March. The soups are cooked, high in nutrition, easily digestible and has a shelf-life of 2.5 years. The high fluid content allows for rehydration especially for those who are exposed to the natural elements. The 12 units of rescue boats (8-man and 4-man) will support the evacuation of those who are stranded and ferry the injured or sick to healthcare facilities for medical attention.
MR Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad added, ““Such massive crisis breeds infinite needs. The aim of the deployment is to help address the immediate survival needs including food, water and accessibility to medical care, followed by the general well-being of the victims including personal hygiene. The most vulnerable of them are the children, elderly and the sick. Timeliness of aid is critical.””
Ready in 10 – MR team demonstrating the deployment of the inflatable rafts at the National Floods Relief Operations Command. Only 10 minutes were required to manually-inflate each raft.
Blue shirts’ in Bangkok – PM Yingluck with the MR team at the handover of relief supplies
Fact-finding and new-found friends – MR CE Hassan and Inspector-General Rarinthip (left) exchanging notes on the latest flood situations in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Dr Sakkasem, (2nd from Right) advisory member to the Deputy Prime Minister, testing the ready-to-eat soups.
A Nation United – Thousands of concerned Thais throng into the Don Muang Airport daily to donate, sort and pack relief supplies.
Touched down – MR Ready-Meals and rescue rafts arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport
MR is currently raising funds for the SEA floods from 5 Oct to 6 Nov.
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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.
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