Mercy Relief sends aid to Pakistan
SINGAPORE - Singapore's humanitarian group, Mercy Relief, have been racing against time to deliver aid to 14 million flood victims in Pakistan.

Last Sunday, the non-government organisation brought five units of ultra-filtration water systems worth US$15,000 ($20,000) into Peshawar, one of the flood-hit provinces and donated US$40,000 worth of tents, food and drinking water.

It is also working with Pakistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the Sarhad Rural Support Programme to deploy the 800-litre per hour treatment systems designed by Singapore water company, Glowtec.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr John Holmes, said the number of people affected by the floods surpasses that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

The UN has warned that children are among the most vulnerable to diseases. It appealed for US$460 million in aid.

Mercy Relief's chairman TK Udairam said the victims of the floods will be needing support till next year.

To date, Mercy Relief has raised $124,000 of which US$50,000 ($68,000 was donated by the Singapore Government.

Those who want to contribute towards the relief efforts can send cash or cheques. Cheques are to be crossed to "Mercy Relief Limited", indicating South Asian Floods on the reverse, and sent to Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, Singapore 310160. For enquiries, call 6514 6320.

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