Malaysia’s friendly neighbours and across the globe are sending humanitarian aid to ease the burden of flood victims on the peninsular east coast and several other states.
Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said yesterday that Singapore, China and the United States had expressed their intention to send over humanitarian aid to relieve the flood crisis.
“The United States has contacted Malaysia to find out the requirements needed to help the flood victims.
“This is an advantage to us but we cannot depend entirely on outside aid and these are merely additional assistance besides the contribution received from the rakyat,” Bernama reports him as saying.
Singapore had supplied water purification machines to be distributed in flood-hit areas, while China would be sending tents for use by flood victims who have been run out of their homes.
As for the efforts of local authorities, Hishamuddin noted that Malaysian Armed Forces assets had been utilised to send out 748.6 tonnes of relief supplies through Ops Murni.
The Flood Relief Supplies Collection Centre at the Subang Air Base had also received about 3,256 tonnes of aid supplies from various parties.
“Of the total, 2,999 tonnes had been distributed by road while the rest have yet to be distributed, as of yesterday (January 5),” he said.MYNEWSHUB
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