Nepal earthquake: SAF sends more humanitarian aid supplies to help victims

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has sent more humanitarian aid supplies to Nepal to help victims of the April 25 earthquake.

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 plane airlifted the supplies worth $150,000 to Nepal on Saturday morning, Mindef said in a statement. The aid supplies include tents, blankets, portable lights and food.

The supplies were handed over to a Nepalese Army representative by SAF mission commander Colonel Lim Kwang Tang, the director of the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre.

The RSAF has operated a total of nine flights to Nepal since April 26, transporting people, equipment and relief supplies. An SAF medical team based in Gokarna has treated more than 2,000 patients while working with personnel from the Ministry of Health and Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

SAF personnel are preparing to come back to Singapore in the coming days, after a request by Nepal for international assistance teams to leave the country.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed at least 7,903 people and left nearly 18,000 injured.