SINGAPORE, (CNA): The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has stepped up relief efforts in quake-hit Nepal, which was struck by two major earthquakes in the past three weeks, SRC announced in a media release on Monday (May 18). It said its public appeal, launched on Apr 28, has collected S$6.5 million so far.
SRC said 300kg of medical supplies, donated by Gold Plus International, as well as 500 water filtration kits were shipped to Nepal on Sunday. The water filtration kits, which can produce clean water in minutes without the addition of any chemicals, will be distributed to affected communities, in collaboration with Singapore NGO Relief.SG.
SRC said it is also working with local partners such as the Nepal Red Cross to distribute other relief items. One of the top items on the agenda is to help villagers secure permanent shelter. To do so, it is working with a Nepalese NGO to provide corrugated sheets and shelter kits to about 800 families in Sindhupalchuk, one of the worst-hit areas
:: Shelter tool kits distributed in Sindupalchuk. (Photo: Singapore Red Cross)
“With the monsoon coming, there is an urgent need for shelter for these families,” SRC said.
From Sunday, it started working with another local NGO to distribute nine truckloads of food packs – each consisting of 30kg of rice, 5kg of dhal and 1kg of salt – to 1,000 families in the Dolakha, Ramechhap and Sindhupalchuk districts.
:: Food packs distributed to 1,000 families. (Photo: Singapore Red Cross)
“These relief efforts are in addition to SRC’s initial disbursement of S$200,000 worth of relief items (including food and non-food items) and emergency supplies,” it said.
SRC has deployed four medical teams so far, and an additional team will arrive in Nepal on Wednesday. SRC said its medical teams, which see about 200 to 300 patients a day, have been primary medical and emergency care in Bidur, Nuwakot, a three- to four-hour drive out of Kathmandu, at a field hospital established by Qatar Red Crescent. The teams, which have been in Nepal since May 1, plan to stay until the end of May before handing over operations to local medical personnel.
“However, SRC will continue to assess the need for medical services in the coming days before deciding if an extension of medical services is necessary,” it said.
The SRC coordinating team based in Kathmandu has also started discussions with the Nepal Red Cross and other partners on possible projects going forward – including psycho-social support for survivors of the earthquake, and the provision of back-to-school packs for affected children.
:: Medical supplies and water filtration kits shipped from Singapore on May 17 (Photo: Singapore Red Cross)
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