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Malaysian bank donates to aid relief efforts in Phl

KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) - Malaysia' major commercial bank Maybank has donated about $330,000 to the Philippine Red Cross to assist in aid relief efforts for victims of the recent super typhoon "Haiyan," the bank said Thursday.

In a statement, Maybank said the donation will specifically be used to provide additional medicine, food and potable water supply in Tacloban City, which is reportedly the most devastated, and currently the focus of relief efforts.

Maybank chairman Megat Zaharuddin said the bank was deeply saddened by the suffering of the people of the Philippines as well as the devastation of property and livelihood.

"We hope our contribution will bring urgent relief to those who require it most and help them rebuild their lives," he added.

"Haiyan," one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, has wrought severe destruction on the central Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte province, reportedly killing over 2,000 people.


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