Singapore Red Cross extends emergency relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Singapore Red Cross extends emergency relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
A resident who survived Typhoon Haiyan cries inside a stadium used as an evacuation centre in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is contributing emergency relief supplies worth $100,000 for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A team of SRC volunteers will leave for the Visayas region (islands of Cebu, Bohol and Leyte) in the next few days to help with the distribution of relief items.

This would be the fourth mission that SRC has deployed to the Philippines over the past two months.

The third - a medical relief mission - had just returned to Singapore on Nov 8, 2013. All three teams had been deployed to Bohol island, which was devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 15 Oct 15, 2013.

"It is clear that given the scale of destruction by Super Typhoon Haiyan, more help is urgently needed. As we stand in solidarity with the affected communities, we hope the donor community will give generously to relief efforts that we'd be mounting," said Mr Benjamin William, SRC Secretary General, noting that "the consecutive news of disasters that have hit Southeast Asia over the past months is saddening."

The Singapore Red Cross calls on the people of Singapore to donate to its public appeal for 'Southeast Asia Emergencies' launched since Oct 17, 2013 to give relief to Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam following the widespread devastation caused by recent tropical storms, typhoons and earthquake.

To date, the Singapore Red Cross has contributed $90,000 worth of relief items in daily essentials to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam ($30,000 each) for the communities affected by the storms, as well as $100,000 worth of relief items including food, basic hygiene and medical supplies for the earthquake survivors in the Philippines.

The Singapore Red Cross will continually monitor and analyse the situation, and coordinate with its sister Red Cross national societies for the appropriate humanitarian action.

How to Donate

You can visit the Red Cross House at 15 Penang Lane Singapore 238486, on weekdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm to donate cash, or post your cheque to 'Singapore Red Cross Society' at the address.

Donations to SEA Emergencies appeal can also be made through AXS Stations from Oct 24 to Dec 15, 2013.

Donations may also be done through DBS/POSB ATM/iBanking

How to Volunteer

The Singapore Red Cross welcomes volunteers to man its hotlines and fund collection booths. Please register with the volunteer team at 6664 0500.

For more information, please call the Singapore Red Cross at 6664 0500 or email enquiry@redcross.org.sg

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