Haze alert: Vulnerable families get care packs

Haze alert: Vulnerable families get care packs
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the Guest of Honour at the fifth Jalan Kayu Community Day on Saturday, during which some 150 needy families will receive cash vouchers and groceries worth a total of S$35,000.

With the haze poised to hit the island in the coming weeks, the People’s Association (PA) yesterday started distributing 26,000 care packages to elderly and sickly residents living alone.

These packs contain non-perishable foods and items such as N95 masks, and are meant to help vulnerable residents tide over the impending spate of hazy days.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Intan Azura Mokhtar, who are both advisers to Ang Mo Kio grassroots organisations, launched the WeCare Packs initiative at the annual Jalan Kayu Day yesterday.

About 200 of these packs will go out to the area’s residents within the next four weeks.

Overall, more than 5,000 Community Emergency Response Team members and grassroots volunteers will distribute the packs to about 26,000 households islandwide in the next four weeks.

This is the first time the PA is carrying out such an initiative in anticipation of the haze.

“I believe our intention is to make sure our residents are ready, even before an emergency happens,” said Dr Intan in Malay, at the community event.

“Last year, we saw how haze brought adverse consequences. This year, we plan to make sure we lend our residents help early.”

Last Friday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) sounded a warning about the south-west monsoon, which is expected to strengthen in the coming weeks.

Strong winds could carry smoke haze from fires in Indonesia over to Singapore.

The NEA will issue a daily haze forecast starting tomorrow.

This article was first published on June 15, 2014.
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