[Southeast Asia Floods] Singapore Purple Cross to launch public calls and ship humanitarian assist to affected communities – Philippines
Singapore, November 2, 2020 – In response to the storm surges and floods that have affected communities in Southeast Asia, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will launch a public fundraising call to support disaster relief and recovery efforts in these countries.
The SRC will also donate SGD 50,000 to the Philippine Red Cross to support its disaster relief efforts for the Super Typhoon Goni. This contribution is based on the previous SRC contribution on October 20 of USD 75,000 for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (USD 25,000) for food (rice, instant noodles, canned fish and soy sauce) and non-food – food aid supplies (mosquito net and blanket) , Water treatment systems and disaster prevention measures; as well as short-term restoration projects such as the renovation of latrines and livelihood support (agriculture and livestock) for those affected.
Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General and CEO of the Singapore Red Cross, said: “The successive typhoons and heavy rainfall have exacerbated the already challenging situation caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is expected to get worse in the coming weeks and we must work together to prevent this humanitarian crisis from escalating further. We stand in solidarity with the Red Cross volunteers in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who are working around the clock on this complex response in the face of simultaneous climate and health emergencies. “
In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam it has rained heavily since the beginning of October due to the monsoon season. The arrival of tropical storms Nangka and Linfa has triggered flash floods and landslides. Destruction of a considerable number of buildings; including schools, homes and health centers; agricultural land and livestock. Last week, Typhoon Molave, one of the worst major storms in Vietnam in the last 20 years, killed about 40 people and injured or missed many others after landing. Typhoon Goni, the world’s strongest typhoon in 2020, landed in the Philippines over the weekend. Volcanic debris turned into a devastating and deadly river from lahar, rivers overflowed and dykes destroyed. The Singapore Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation for an assessment of the type of relief it can later assist with.
Restoring family links
The Singapore Red Cross has activated its Restoring Family Links (RFL) service to help Singaporeans and others find their immediate family members who may be affected by the disaster they are having difficulty contacting. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.