182 Singapore officers to return from Nepal as mission ends

182 Singapore officers to return from Nepal as mission ends

The Singapore contingent in Nepal will return home over the coming days as search and rescue operations have ended, said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman on Friday.

A total of 182 officers from Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force), Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Health and the Health Sciences Authority had been deployed to assist in the aftermath of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) C-130 aircraft operated eight flights between Singapore and Nepal, and transported personnel, equipment and relief supplies. It also evacuated a total of 95 Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and foreign nationals from Nepal.

In addition, the Singapore contingent attended to more than 2,500 injured or sick Nepalese people. The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will continue to provide medical relief to the local population with medical supplies it received.

The Government also contributed $250,000 through the SRC to help the Nepalese people.

The MFA spokesperson concluded: "Singapore hopes that our assistance will make a tangible difference to the lives of Nepalese survivors during this very difficult period."

minlee@sph.com.sg

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