Cyclone Mahasen updates
MERCY Malaysia Head of Relief Operation, Hew Cheong Yew is currently in the Rakhine region, assessing the needs of the distressed community, as well as providing basic medical aid
According Hew, he is now working together with the local government as well as other NGOs in the area to serve those who have been relocated due to Cyclone Mahasen to schools and monasteries which are currently being used as evacuation centers
During a meeting with the Director of State Health Department yesterday, the Director has requested that the NGOs share their resources and expertise, especially in the medical and emergency response areas. The meeting was attended by MERCY Malaysia was also attended by Malteser, MSF-Holland, ICRC and UNFPA. The Myanmarees State Health Department has advised all NGOs to stay close to Sittwe town, so that they could provide aid in case of evacuation, should the situation get worse.
MERCY Malaysia has started its mobile clinics operation at 3 different evacuation centers in Sittwe town. As of today around 90 patients have sought treatment from the doctors on duty at MERCY Malaysia mobile clinics. Based on the assessments and information given by the local authorities, more villagers will be evacuated from their villages and are to be placed at the evacuation centers due to heavy rain and storms, which could cause mass flooding.