Deployment to Nepal is Home Team's biggest overseas relief operation: DPM Teo

Lieutenant-Colonel Alvin Tan and his team of Gurkhas and SCDF officers preparing to depart for Laprak, Gorkha. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN
Lieutenant-Colonel Alvin Tan and his team of Gurkhas and SCDF officers preparing to depart for Laprak, Gorkha. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN
Police officers from the Home Team contingent sent to Nepal loading supplies bound for Pokhara base. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN
Police officers from the Home Team contingent sent to Nepal loading supplies bound for Pokhara base. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN
A Singapore Civil Defence Force officer examining a baby in Nepal. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN
A Singapore Civil Defence Force officer examining a baby in Nepal. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TEO CHEE HEAN

SINGAPORE - Thirty more officers from the Singapore Home Team reached earthquake-stricken Nepal on Sunday with more relief supplies, making this the Home Team's largest deployment for an overseas relief operation to date.

On Sunday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean uploaded onto Facebook photos of the team's officers examining women and children, and delivering supplies.

DPM Teo announced in the post that the contingent now has 126 officers in Nepal, with their efforts focussed on the Gorkha district.

Update on Nepal E-quake relief: In the Home Team's largest deployment for an overseas relief operation, 126 HT officers...

Posted by Teo Chee Hean on Sunday, May 3, 2015

Of these, 60 are from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and 66 are from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), including Gurkha officers.

The contingent is based out of Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city, and will reach the Gorkha district by helicopter.

Gorkha is close to the epicentre of the earthquake which occurred between Pokhara and Kathmandu, and road connections are damaged. On Saturday, an aftershock earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hit the region, the third since the April 25 disaster.

DPM Teo said: "Our officers are familiar with this area and the local communities, as a good number of our Gurkha Contingent officers come from this region."

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