SINGAPORE – The government will donate US$50,000 (S$69,460) to support the efforts of the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRC) to help victims of the earthquake that struck Afghanistan on June 22 (Wednesday).
This will complement the RSC’s commitment of $50,000 for urgently needed medical supplies and necessities, the Foreign Office said on Friday (June 24).
“Singapore sends its deepest condolences to the families of the earthquake victims,” he added.
Wednesday’s magnitude 5.9 earthquake was the deadliest recorded in the country in the past 20 years. It destroyed hundreds of houses in the southeastern provinces.
More than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead and the toll is expected to rise as search and rescue missions continue.
The CBC said on Thursday that the $50,000 pledged would be used to provide food and water, emergency shelter, emergency trauma care, sanitation facilities and hygiene items.
The funds will directly support the humanitarian response of Red Cross Red Crescent partners on the ground, including the Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The SRC will also raise funds from the public to support relief and recovery operations.