Singapore humanitarian NGO Mercy Relief distributes food aid to flood-hit Myanmar state

Mercy Relief personnel arrived in War Taung Village to conduct its first Relief Distribution Operation (RDO).
Mercy Relief personnel arrived in War Taung Village to conduct its first Relief Distribution Operation (RDO).PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF
Each affected household received a family food pack which include rice, cooking oil, canned fish, salt and noodles.
Each affected household received a family food pack which include rice, cooking oil, canned fish, salt and noodles.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF
Singapore humanitarian group Mercy Relief has distributed more than 10 tonnes of food to flood-affected households in Myanmar's Rakhine State.
Singapore humanitarian group Mercy Relief has distributed more than 10 tonnes of food to flood-affected households in Myanmar's Rakhine State.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF
Mercy Relief personnel traveling by boat to deliver supplies to Kha Maung Taw Village.
Mercy Relief personnel traveling by boat to deliver supplies to Kha Maung Taw Village.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF
U Khin Thein, 42, pointing to where the river bank used to be.
U Khin Thein, 42, pointing to where the river bank used to be.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF
Nearby houses that have been flattened by the floods.
Nearby houses that have been flattened by the floods.PHOTO: MERCY RELIEF

Singapore humanitarian group Mercy Relief has distributed more than 10 tonnes of food to flood-affected households in Myanmar's Rakhine State, according to a statement from the non-governmental organisation released on Wednesday.

The group arrived in War Taung Village on Aug 10, and subsequently distributed the villagers' first aid since their homes were hit by the floods of the past week.

Working together with its ground partner, Myanmar Heart Development Organization (MHDO), the group also distributed food aid in Kha Maung Taw village and other villages within the Kyawtaw Township.

The number of households Mercy Relief it helped numbered about 350. Each got a pack that included rice, cooking oil, canned fish, salt and noodles - enough to feed a family of six for two weeks, according to the statement.

Mercy Relief chairman Michael Tay said: "For now, we continue to direct our relief efforts to the provision of food aid to some of the most devastated communities affected by the flood and especially those who have yet to receive help."

The group has also launched a public appeal for funds until Sept 30.

The public can contribute to its relief efforts in Myanmar in these ways:

1. Cross cheque to Mercy Relief Limited with 'Myanmar Floods Relief 2015' written on the reverse, and mail to Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160

2. Cash donations at Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160

3. Funds transfer to Mercy Relief's DBS Current Account 054-900741-2

4. Credit Card donation via www.mercyrelief.org