Singapore pledges $100,000 in humanitarian aid to help in Myanmar's Rakhine crisis

About 582,000 Rohingya have fled an army campaign in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.
About 582,000 Rohingya have fled an army campaign in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore will commit $100,000 to help humanitarian efforts in the Myanmar's Rakhine state through the Asean Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) centre, Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin has said.

About 582,000 Rohingya have fled an army campaign in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.

The United Nations' refugee agency has said in Geneva that some 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya were stranded near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Mr Amrin led a delegation from Singapore, made up of Ministry of Home Affairs and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officials, to the fifth Asean Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and sixth Conference of Parties to the Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response in Luang Prabang from Oct 18 to 20, SCDF said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 19).

At the meeting, Asean ministers discussed matters such as the potential to expand the scope of the AHA Centre to provide humanitarian aid for man-made crises in the future.

Asean has helped build "regional resilience to disasters through the implementation of initiatives" including a Asean Emergency Response Assessment Team and the Asean Joint Disaster Response Plan, Mr Amrin noted.

Asean, through the AHA Centre, has recently provided humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in northern Vietnam, displaced communities in Marawi in the Philippines, and Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Singapore is committed to supporting regional efforts in disaster management, he reaffirmed.

SCDF, representing Singapore, co-chairs two of the five working groups under the Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response that focus on enhancing disaster response capabilities of Asean member states.