Mercy Malaysia to build 150 toilets for quake victims
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.”
Mercy Malaysia mission team head Norazam Abu Samah (right) overseeing the construction of toilets and bathrooms in Pasar Sibalaya Utara, Palu, Sulawesi, recently.