As a Company, we feel fortunate to be able to help those in dire need, from providing bottled water to using our delivery vehicles for aid distribution and employee volunteerism.
In many cases, The Coca-Cola Company is in a unique position to provide assistance during and after natural disasters. Our large distribution network allows us to deliver necessities quickly and to reach communities not easily accessible.
Holding true to our belief that we are as much as part of community as the people we drinking our products, we have aided many communities and countries around the world in their disaster response and relief efforts.
In Malaysia, we’ve also been active in supporting the local communities in ways in which we can make the most positive impact.
In June 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale hit Sabah, claiming 18 lives and causing significant damage to property. The quake struck at a depth of 10km with its epicentre located 19km from Ranau town and 54km from Kota Kinabalu. Another weak earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, hit Ranau, Sabah on June 18.
Following the quake, villages surrounding the base of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu were greeted by floods, mudslides and landslides. Heavy rainfall hit the region of Sabah state forcing the villagers out of their homes. With mudslides clogging up rivers and forcing a severe water shortage, daily life was challenging for villagers living on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.
In response to the situation, efforts to send drinking water to Ranau were quickly mobilised by Coca-Cola® together with the Malaysia Red Crescent Society, providing more than 500 cartons of Dasani drinking water to floods victims – something they needed most imminently.
This is just one recent example of the disaster relief work that Coca-Cola has executed in Malaysia. For more on our global efforts on disaster relief please click here.