Numbers behind massive effort

Numbers behind massive effort

Update at Mar 28, 10.15am: The number of visitors to PA's Community Sites was 670,000 at midnight and the number of visitors to the Lying in State was 330,000 at 9.30am.

SINGAPORE - Handling the unprecedented crowds that have formed since Wednesday to pay their last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who is lying in state at Parliament House, has been a massive task for organisers of the former Prime Minister's state funeral.

The decision to extend visiting hours at Parliament House from 10 hours to 24 hours meant that organisers, comprising government agencies and the Singapore Armed Forces, had to beef up their operations to deal with bigger crowds.

These are the numbers behind the huge operation mounted over the past few days.

276,000 people turned up to pay their last respects, as at 7pm yesterday.

107,150 condolence cards, gifts and flowers received from visitors.

5,600 SAF personnel involved in the lying in state and tomorrow's state funeral procession, twice the number first estimated.

300 tents

1,000 barricades to manage the queues.

The operation was handled by the Singapore Army's 9th Division.

60 SAF personnel rostered for round-the-clock vigil guard duties, up from the initial 30.


This article was first published on March 28, 2015.
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