Singapore Red Cross sends five for Typhoon Hagupit relief

A boy pulls a sack of donated clothes at an evacuation centre for the coastal community, to shelter from typhoon Hagupit, in Manila, on Dec 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A boy pulls a sack of donated clothes at an evacuation centre for the coastal community, to shelter from typhoon Hagupit, in Manila, on Dec 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Five Singaporeans will head to the Philippines on Tuesday as part of a response team to Typhoon Hagupit.

The team from the Singapore Red Cross will distribute relief supplies including food, pharmaceuticals and hygiene kits to affected communities in Masbate - an island province home to about 834,000 people - where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Sunday afternoon.

The team will also conduct a needs assessment test of the situation on the ground , said the humanitarian organisation in a statement.

A massive evacuation and early deployment of emergency workers and government resources have kept fatalities to just six as of yesterday.

The Singapore Red Cross through its Disaster Response Emergency Fund will contribute $60,000 to an immediate response team led by the Red Cross Movement Partners: The Philippine Red Cross ($20,000), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ($20,000), and the International Committee of the Red Cross ($20,000).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it is deploying three officers to the Phillipines.

kxinghui@sph.com.sg