First Royal Malaysian aircraft departs for Philippines to assist Typhoon Haiyan victims

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Typhoon HaiyanThe first Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 aircraft carrying the Malaysian team and relief aids to assist the Philippine Government and victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which struck central parts of the republic, departs from the Subang Air Force Base.


In a statement yesterday, the foreign ministry said the aircraft was scheduled to arrive in Tacloban at 2.15pm today.


The team also includes officers from the foreign and health ministries, National Security Council, Radio Televisyen Malaysia and the Red Crescent Society, it said.


The second flight will take off approximately 30 minutes later, ferrying volunteers from Kelab Putra 1Malaysia, food items and other relief aids.


The third aircraft will depart for Tacloban on Friday, carrying armed forces medical team, Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team and medicines, while the fourth and fifth flights on Nov 15 and 16, respectively, will ferry field hospital equipment.


Malaysia is offering humanitarian assistance to the Philippine Government, following the super typhoon which struck the country on Friday, with more than 10,000 reported killed.

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