By Serene Luo
ALMOST three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar and an earthquake devastated Sichuan, China, local humanitarian organisations here report that millions of dollars have been raised and spent to help victims.
Mercy Relief has raised over $1.1 million for victims in China. It has spent about $1.05 million of that amount so far, the bulk of which, or about $650,000, has gone to the reconstruction of two rural schools that have received little aid so far.
In Myanmar, Singaporeans gave Mercy Relief $560,000, of which about $435,000 has been spent so far. A large part of this sum, or about $250,000 was spent on water treatment and filtration systems for schools, hospitals and locals' daily use.
Mercy Relief gave this report card at the opening of its new premises in Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
As for the Singapore Red Cross, it said that over $1 million had been raised for Myanmar victims.