Singapore's Home Team contingent ends Nepal mission

The Singapore Red Cross receiving boxes of medical supplies from the Home Team contingent. Present is (from left) Major (NS) Alex Kuan, Mr Khairulnizam, Lieutenant-Colonel Alvin Tan and Assistant Commissioner Lian Ghim Hua. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HOME
The Singapore Red Cross receiving boxes of medical supplies from the Home Team contingent. Present is (from left) Major (NS) Alex Kuan, Mr Khairulnizam, Lieutenant-Colonel Alvin Tan and Assistant Commissioner Lian Ghim Hua. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS 

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Home Team contingent has ended its mission in Nepal and will return by the end of the week.

The 126-strong contingent, comprising officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force, had spent the last 10 days conducting search and rescue operations in Kathmandu, and rendering medical assistance and providing humanitarian aid in Gorkha.

Remaining medical supplies like bandages and medicine have been given to the Singapore Red Cross team in the country. Humanitarian aid supplies have been given to local networks to distribute to those in need, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Thursday.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 has left widespread destruction in its wake, leaving at least 7,759 people dead and more than 300,000 houses destroyed.