PETALING JAYA: Mercy Malaysia is soliciting donations to provide immediate assistance to residents of earthquake-hit Lombok in Indonesia.
It has distributed food packs consisting of rice, cooking oil, eggs, cereal and sugar to 800 families, and hygiene kits with items such as blankets, mats, pails and other household essentials.
Donations can be channelled to Mercy Humanitarian Fund (MBB 5621 7950 4126) or through www.mercy.org.my (Indonesia Relief Fund). All donations are tax-deductible.
“Lombok is a hilly zone and it gets quite cold in the night. Children, babies, the elderly and the ill will be the hardest hit during a crisis like this,” Norazam Abdul Samah of Mercy Malaysia said in a statement today.
“Generator sets were also provided to provide electricity supply to power pumps for well water and mobile phones for communication purposes.”
Mercy Malaysia deployed a two-man team on Monday to assess the situation in Lombok and render help.
Norazam said his team will head to Montong Gading, Aikmal and Sugian, the areas closest to the epicentre of the earthquake.
The relief organisation constructed a total of 280 transit shelters known as “Rumah Senyum” in Sembalun Timur which provided relief to villagers who were previously staying in overcrowded and uncomfortable open tents.
Two temporary schools were also established in the district of Kayangan, North Lombok.