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.
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."