Lombok quake: President Halimah and PM Lee extend condolences to Indonesian President

Patients sleep at the lobby of a provincial hospital in Mataram on Indonesia's Lombok island, so it would be easier to evacuate in case of another tremor.
Patients sleep at the lobby of a provincial hospital in Mataram on Indonesia's Lombok island, so it would be easier to evacuate in case of another tremor.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Residents sleep outside their houses in Mataram on Indonesia's Lombok island on Aug 6, 2018, a day after an earthquake struck the area.
Residents sleep outside their houses in Mataram on Indonesia's Lombok island on Aug 6, 2018, a day after an earthquake struck the area.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Indonesian rescuers search for victims under the ruin of a collapsed house after an earthquake struck in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug 6, 2018.
Indonesian rescuers search for victims under the ruin of a collapsed house after an earthquake struck in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug 6, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have both written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to extend condolences over the earthquake which struck Lombok on Sunday (Aug 5).

In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Madam Halimah and PM Lee conveyed Singapore's offer to assist Indonesia with its relief efforts following the disaster, based on the priorities stated by Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Separately, the Government would make a contribution of US$100,000 (S$136,700) as seed money to kick-start the public fund-raising appeal by the Singapore Red Cross, the statement added.

Madam Halimah said in her letter that she was deeply saddened to learn of the earthquake.

She said: "On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the affected families, and wish the injured a quick recovery.

"Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult period."

PM Lee also extended his deepest condolences on behalf of the Government.