Singapore Red Cross extends emergency relief to typhoon-hit Philippines, Vietnam

Villagers in a boat transporting boxes of instant noodles past flooded homes in a village in Vietnam's Huong Khe district on Oct 16, 2016.
Villagers in a boat transporting boxes of instant noodles past flooded homes in a village in Vietnam's Huong Khe district on Oct 16, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will distribute $150,000 in relief supplies to the communities in the Philippines and Vietnam, affected by Typhoons Ferdie (Meranti), Karen (Sarika) and Haima (Lawin).

The SRC is working closely with the Philippines Red Cross (PRC) and Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) to provide blankets, shelter materials, hot meals, food packs and psychosocial support services. The Philippines will receive $100,000 worth of aid while $50,000 has been committed to Vietnam.

Two teams of staff and volunteers are on standby to be deployed to the Philippines and Vietnam.

 

One team is expected to be sent to the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haima is expected to make landfall on Wednesday (Oct 19). The super storm has been labelled a category 5 storm on a scale of 1 to 5 by Tropical Storm Risk.

Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General/CEO of SRC, said: "The typhoons have caused widespread devastation, affecting numerous towns, villages and communities. Thousands of families have lost their homes, belongings and livelihood. The devastation is expected to escalate with the onset of Typhoon Haima.

"The humanitarian aid provided by Singapore Red Cross will augment and support the ongoing relief efforts by the Philippine Red Cross and Viet Nam Red Cross."

Although the SRC is not launching a public fund-raising appeal now, those who wish to donate can send their cheques to Red Cross House, 15, Penang Lane, Singapore 238486.