Tuesday, 25 December 2012

KP1M to help typhoon victims in Davao

Kelab Putra 1Malaysia (KP1M) volunteers left for Davao, southern Philippines on a humanitarian mission to assist victims affected by Typhoon Bopha.

A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) C-130 aircraft took off from the Subang RMAF airbase with 47 volunteers comprising club members, doctors, aid workers and journalists.

Club president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who will be leading the mission, said KP1M would distribute a total of 36 tonnes of necessities including 11 tonnes of medical aid and 25 tonnes of food to the victims.

“We are trying to bring some good news to them ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations,” he told reporters at the RMAF airbase in Subang Airport yesterday.

On Dec 3, Typhoon Bopha slammed into southern Philippines, killing more than a thousand people. Hundreds are still missing.

An advance team of five volunteers from KP1M left on Thursday to check the situation at the typhoon-hit area.

During the five-day mission, the volunteers will distribute medical aid and other forms of relief for 80,000 displaced victims of the natural disaster which hit the east coast of Mindanao earlier this month.

Abdul Azeez said the team would be working closely with the local authorities and the Wisma Putra representative to ensure that the victims can get access to the relief supplies easily and for the team’s safety.

“Our biggest concern is not safety but our accommodation at Davao.

“We will co-operate with the mayor and the governor during our trip.

“We are planning to distribute the food to the needy and visit the hospitals to help the children who are in dire need of medical attention,” he said.


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