Singaporeans rally to the aid of disaster victims

Singaporeans rally to the aid of disaster victims

Singaporeans and Filipinos here are rallying to help victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force has sent a team to Tacloban, the worst-hit city, to aid rescue efforts by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday.

In a letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Mr Lee offered his condolences and help.

"The Philippines has always demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity. I am confident that your people will pull together and rebuild their lives... Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines during this difficult time," he wrote.

The Government will donate $50,000 through the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) to support relief efforts. The organisation will contribute $100,000 worth of emergency relief supplies.

In the next few days, a team of SRC volunteers will head to the Visayas region, including the Cebu, Samar and Leyte islands, to help distribute relief items.

Individuals and private groups are raising funds as well.

The Philippine embassy here is directing cash donations to agencies like the Philippine Red Cross and the World Food Programme.

Said first secretary and consul Victorio Dimagiba: "We encourage those who are concerned to give monetary donations rather than donations in kind, such as clothes and foodstuffs."

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