Mercy Malaysia to build 150 toi­lets for quake vic­tims

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia is com­ing to the aid of In­done­sian earth­quake vic­tims through a project to build 150 per­ma­nent toi­lets in Palu, Su­lawesi.

The ef­fort was mooted to help main­tain clean­li­ness and pro­vide pub­lic ameni­ties. The ini­tia­tive was also to pre­vent the spread of dis­eases.

The toi­lets will be built in a camp in Pasar Sibal­aya Utara, Palu, and in other lo­ca­tions. It was kick started on Fri­day.

Mercy Malaysia mis­sion team head No­razam Abu Samah said the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion would build 50 bath­rooms near the 150 toi­lets, which would be set up in five lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Palu, Dong­gala and Sigi.

He said earth­quake vic­tims needed toi­lets and bath­rooms as their homes were de­stroyed.

“The con­di­tions at the camps are dire and we fear that the vic­tims’ health will be at risk.

“Among the big­gest chal­lenges is gath­er­ing a com­plete data of earth­quake vic­tims. The data is yet to be com­pleted, and we face chal­lenges in find­ing in­for­ma­tion and lo­ca­tions of the vic­tims.”

He said Mercy Malaysia spent RM150,000 to build the toi­lets and bath­rooms, which were ex­pected to be com­pleted soon.

“The funds were do­na­tions from Malaysians con­cerned about Palu’s earth­quake vic­tims.”

PIC BY MOHD JAMIL ANBIA MD DENIN

Mercy Malaysia mis­sion team head No­razam Abu Samah (right) over­see­ing the con­struc­tion of toi­lets and bath­rooms in Pasar Sibal­aya Utara, Palu, Su­lawesi, re­cently.

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