Mercy Malaysia sends assessment team to Padang, Indonesia in response to earthquake

Kuala Lumpur, 1 October 2009 - MERCY Malaysia is deploying a two-member team to Padang, Indonesia in response to the recent earthquake that hit the capital of Sumatra. The team is led by MERCY Malaysia Senior Programme Support Officer, Maria Lauranti, accompanied by a medical volunteer, Oh Boon Haan. They will be conducting an on-the-ground assessment to determine the humanitarian needs.

MERCY Malaysia has since yesterday engaged its Indonesian volunteer, Azrim Mirza, stationed in Medan, to conduct assessment prior to the deployment of the Malaysian team. An initial total of RM 100,000 has been allocated from the emergency fund to respond to this recent disaster.

They will leave for Padang, Indonesia by 1 October 2009, Thursday noon via Air Asia. MERCY Malaysia will continue to monitor the situation through on-the-ground assessments to look into other areas of humanitarian assistance.

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