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Updated: 12/08/2012 00:14 | By Channel NewsAsia

Singapore government donates S$50,000 to support relief efforts in Philippines

Singapore government donates S$50,000 to support relief efforts in Philippines


Singapore government donates S$50,000 to support relief efforts in Philippines

SINGAPORE: The Singapore government will donate S$50,000 to support relief efforts in the Philippines for those affected by Tropical Storm Bopha.

The donation will be channelled through the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) to the Philippine Red Cross.

On its part, the SRC will contribute S$150,000 worth of relief supplies to assist survivors of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.

The supplies include collapsible water containers, blankets and rice.

They will be distributed by a team of Red Cross volunteers to survivors living in shelters over the next few days.

Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the early hours of December 4 on the eastern coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

It brought heavy rains and strong winds, leaving a trail of destruction to homes, livelihoods and infrastructure across 26 provinces.

SRC said about 300,000 people have been affected. Of these, about 250,000 are sheltered in about 500 evacuation centres.

At least 4,700 houses have been damaged.

The official death toll has crossed 300, with 380 people missing.

SRC will continue to accept walk—in donations for ongoing relief efforts in the areas hit by Typhoon Bopha.

Mercy Relief Singapore is also responding to appeals for assistance from its Philippine partner, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Centre (CDRC) and the government of the Philippines.

Its first team reached the devastated areas of Davao and Compostella on Friday morning — within 20 hours of the appeals.

The team has completed its preliminary assessment of the ground, procured and prepared $10,000 worth of food and non—food essentials for 500 families at Barangay Osmena in Compostella Valley province.

Another team will arrive on Saturday to expand the scope of assistance to other affected communities.

Mercy Relief has launched a public fundraising appeal from December 7 to 31.

— CNA/de

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