Nepal quake: SAF deploys multi-agency disaster relief team

Nepal quake: SAF deploys multi-agency disaster relief team
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng sending off personnel at Paya Lebar Air Base.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has sent a cross-agency disaster relief team to Nepal on Sunday evening.

Three Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 aircraft with an advance team of six personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre onboard took off from the Paya Lebar Air Base at 5pm on Sunday, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) in a statement.

Also on board are a search and rescue team from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and a contingent from the Singapore Police Force.

The SAF medical team will provide medical aid to victims of the earthquake, while the Changi RHCC will assist the Nepalese national disaster management authorities and military with their efforts to coordinate the relief efforts.

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng was at Paya Lebar Air Base to send off the Singapore relief contingent, said Mindef.

klim@sph.com.sg

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