Malaysia to send 2 planes with aid to Philippines

Malaysia to send 2 planes with aid to Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR - The government is sending aid to victims of super typhoon Haiyan using two military aircraft today.

The first flight will have 11 personnel from the Health Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armed Forces, National Security Council, Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Smart team, while the other flight will have 30 volunteers from 1Malaysia Putera Club and media representatives.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was providing aid in the form of medical assistance and transportation.

"Food, tarpaulines and blankets will also be distributed to victims.

"We know that water is an issue, so we are bringing eight units of water purification system, 20 units of mini water purifiers and 200 jerry cans."

Hishammuddin said the length of time for the aid team in Philippines would be determined once it had touched ground zero, as it needed to know the logistics and conditions.

He said the team would be in safe hands as long as the military was involved, following reports of fights and locals stealing food and other items.

Just days after super typhoon Haiyan hit, a new storm called Zoraida threatens the devastated country as it struggles in rescue and clean-up efforts.

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