Flood Disaster Appeal & Assessment

Project Flood Disaster Appeal & Assessment
Objectives

To monitor and revitalise medical services for communities affected by the flood

Project Partners The Sun Daily and Berjaya Group
Activities

Conduct needs assessment • Identifying the affected areas that requires recovery and reconstruction • Providing supplies and manpower to local hospitals and health centres in order to increase their capacity

Locations Bosnia-Herzegovina
Period May 2014 – June 2015
Accomplishments

Delivered medical equipment to Polyclinic Doboj and Maglaj

Background

Heavy rainfall in mid-May 2014 resulted in extensive flooding in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ report, Bosnia-Herzegovina had more than 3,000 landslides that were triggered by the widespread and relentless rains. Over a million people were affected by the floods that resulted in 30 recorded casualties. 90,000 people were displaced by the tragedy and 75,000 houses were hit, of which 25,000 were severely damaged or destroyed.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

The flooding and landslides caused extensive damage to livelihoods, health and water sanitation facilities. MERCY Malaysia’s team comprised of a medical doctor, a quantity surveyor and volunteers were deployed to Bosnia on 1st June 2014. The team performed a needs assessment and provided assistance to the affected communities by increasing the capacity of health facilities through the replenishment of medical supplies and equipment. The Sun Daily and MERCY Malaysia collaborated to raise funds to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods. The Sun launched the Bosnia Flood Disaster Relief Fund and successfully raised a total of RM 1,128,911, which was then handed over to MERCY Malaysia. The funds was used to rehabilitate and re-equip two Bosnian hospitals in the town of Doboj and Maglaj, which were badly damaged by the floodwaters.