SINGAPORE - A Mercy Relief team is en route to Japan to conduct emergency relief operations, following the deadly floods that began on Sunday (July 8).
The independent disaster relief agency said in a statement on Wednesday that its team is heading to Kurashiki City in Japan's Okayama prefecture.
Together with a ground partner, Mercy Relief will be distributing hot meals to fulfil the urgent needs of the displaced communities.
Over 6,000 meals, which include hot soup and fruits, will be distributed at Nima Primary School.
Paul Long, Mercy Relief's executive director, said: "We are supporting those displaced from homes with immediate needs - food and nutrition while we continue to assess further needs.
"As we closely monitor the situation with our ground partner, we hope to assist in aiding their recovery as well."
The flood has killed at least 179, while more than eight million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.
Mercy Relief will be launching a public fund-raising appeal in Singapore from Thursday to Aug 11.
Those who wish to donate by cheque can mail a crossed cheque to Block 160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, Singapore 310160. The cheque should indicate "Mercy Relief Limited" with "Japan Floods 2018 Relief" and have the donor's e-mail address written on the back of it.