Singapore sends disaster relief team to Nepal

The Straits Times reported that the Singapore Armed Forces sent a cross-agency disaster relief team to Nepal on Sunday evening, in the wake of a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday that has racked up a death toll of more than 2,000.

Three Air Force’s C-130 aircraft with an advance team of six personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre on board took off from Paya Lebar Air Base at 5pm on Sunday, according to a Ministry of Defence statement.

The relief team also includes a 69-member Home Team contingent, comprising officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) Ops Lionheart team and officers from the Singapore Police Force, including Gurkha officers.

The team will support search and rescue and other disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

The Changi RHCC will assist the Nepalese national disaster management authorities and military with their efforts to coordinate the relief efforts.

The multi-agency contingent was sent off at Paya Lebar Air Base by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, as well as Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, the Chief of Defence Force.