DPM Teo visits Gurkhas, briefed on situation in Nepal

SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean visited the Gurkhas on Sunday morning, he said in a Facebook post.

During his visit, he was briefed on the situation in Nepal, which was hit by a 7.8 magnitude strong earthquake on Saturday.

In his post, he thanked the many generations of Gurkhas for their service to Singapore.

He added that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and some members of the Gurkhas Contingent were ready to depart to help with the search-and-rescue, victim identification and medical support.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday night, DPM Teo said the SPF has a sizable number of Gurkha officers, and some hail from the affected regions.

He added that Singapore "will do all we can to aid Nepal in this time of need".

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also went on Facebook to share his thoughts on the Nepal earthquake yesterday.

He posted on Facebook that his deepest sympathies and condolences to the many families affected.

PM Lee said: "In particular, the Gurkhas in our Gurkha Contingent must be worried about families and friends back home. Our thoughts are with them."