Natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes create so much death and destruction that at times we feel we can really do little to help.
But whatever little aid we offer can mean the difference between the life and death of a fellow human being and it is good that Mercy Malaysia has embarked on a recon mission there while the Star has set up the infrastructure to channel funds to MM.
It is sad to hear a news report that India gave the military regime 24hours notice but it appears that few people got any warning. We also see the political wrangling that goes on whenever aid agencies try to enter such controlled societies.
The URL for Mercy Malaysia in the Star article is also wrong and reflects poorly on their double-checking procedures.
Here is the correct URL.
It is unfortunate that MM still does not offer online donations using Credit Cards.
I found this organisation and they are able to accept CC payments. They already operate in Myanmar and claim that 90% of funds are spent on actual relief work.
I find this statement in the Star article a little strange:
"At press time, Mercy Malaysia was coming up with a list of essential pharmaceutical drugs."
I would have expected that such a basic list of essential drugs would be known well ahead of such calamities.