Don’t forget cyclone victims in Myanmar, pleads foundation

Don’t forget cyclone victims in Myanmar, pleads foundation

The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Victims of the cyclone in Myanmar are in dire need of humanitarian aid, and Malaysians have been asked not to forget about them when making donations.

Lee Mun Keat, 48, an administrative officer attached to the Kuala Lumpur branch of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia, said there was a lot of attention now on the victims of the China earthquake.

“Victims from both countries need help,” said Lee, who returned from Myanmar a few days ago.

He said lack of information and difficulty accessing the worst-hit areas in Myanmar were some of the reasons aid could not reach many victims in the hard-hit Irrawaddy delta.

“Myanmar victims are still living in their collapsed houses because they have no place to go and are in an even worse situation than the tsunami victims (of 2004) in Sri Lanka,” said Lee, who spent 16 months in Sri Lanka to help victims rebuild their homes after the country was hit by the Dec 26, 2004, tsunami.

Another volunteer Loo Huei Yau, 33, from Kuala Selangor, said he saw a woman queuing up for half a day just for five potatoes and a small packet of rice, which was only enough for one meal for her family of nine.

Lee and Loo helped distribute rice and instant noodles to some 3,000 cyclone victims in Ngaung Thone Bin and 8,000 victims in South Dagon.

Donors can send their cheques for the victims, made out to Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia or directly credit the cash into their Maybank account (004067500119).

For enquiries, call 03-7880-9048. For updates, visit http://www.tzuchi.org.tw, http://www.tzuchimalacca.com or http://www.newdaai.tv.

One Response

  1. Well, what happened to our donations? I’ve heard the Burmese government haven’t approved its entry yet. Shall we plead the Burmese generals to open the ports for humanitarian aid?

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