Singapore contributes S$136k to kick start Lombok quake relief fund, offers assistance in relief efforts

08-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Todayonline | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Singapore contributes S$136k to kick start Lombok quake relief fund, offers assistance in relief efforts

The Republic has offered to assist Indonesia with relief efforts following a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Lombok, and contributed $100,000 (S$136,687) in seed money to kick start the public fundraising appeal by the Singapore Red Cross.

The offers of assistance were announced in a media release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday (August 6).

In the statement, both President Halimah Yacob and prime minister Lee Hsien Loong also extended their condolences to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo.

President Halimah said she was “deeply saddened” to learn of the earthquake which struck Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday which claimed many innocent lives and caused significant damage.

“On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the affected families, and wish the injured a quick recovery,” said President Halimah.

Both President Halimah and Lee also reiterated the Republic’s offer of assistance.

“Singapore offers our assistance in the relief efforts organised by Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Our thoughts are with Indonesia and its people during this difficult time,” said Lee.

Reports stated at least 91 people were killed when the earthquake struck on Sunday.

Responding to TODAY’s queries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said that there were “no reports of injured Singaporeans in the earthquake thus far”.

In a travel advisory issued on Monday, the MFA said Singaporeans who are currently in Lombok are advised to make necessary arrangements to leave the area via commercial flights, which are still operating out of Lombok International Airport.

Singaporeans in the affected areas should take the necessary safety precautions, monitor the local news for updates, and heed the advice of the local authorities.

The MFA added: “Those who require consular assistance should contact our Embassy in Jakarta at +62 811 863 348 or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.”


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