MERCY Malaysia Sends Needs Assessment Team to Turkey in Plight of Earthquake Victims
In plight of the recent earthquake in Turkey which had affected about 372,000 of the population in the city of Van, MERCY Malaysia has decided to send a needs assessment team to gather information on the ground.
Malaysia Airlines sponsored the tickets for our 4-man team on 29 October 2011 which consists of Team Leader, Hj. Norazam Ab. Samah who is also MERCY Malaysia's Vice President; Dr Jitendra Kumar Shantilal N. Tejani, a medical doctor and MERCY Malaysia Exco member; Che Mahmud Mohd Nordin, our volunteer and Azli Hj. Abd. Latif, MERCY Malaysia’s staff.
"We are fortunate that Malaysia Airlines has extended to us complimentary seats on their flight for us to respond to the needs of the people in Van. The team will be deployed for 2 weeks to assess the current situation, to establish networks and respond to the immediate needs." said Dato' Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus, MERCY Malaysia President.
"We have identified a local organisation there to be our potential partner but this shall be further explored directly by the assessment team. We appreciate the concerns shown by fellow Malaysians and we shall update everyone of the progress and developments on the ground, from time to time." Dr Faizal added further.
Eastern Turkey was hit by a 7.2 earthquake on Sunday, 23 October 2011 and the government had asked for international aid on 28 October 2011.
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