Earthquake survivors in Yunnan and Guizhou - Singapore Red Cross extends S$200,000 humanitarian aid
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will contribute S$200,000 worth of rice to survivors of the earthquakes in Yunnan, China. Almost 200 tonnes of rice will be distributed by a disaster response team from the SRC, who will arrive in the affected localities on Friday. The five-person team will distribute the rice to residents who are being relocated to temporary evacuation centres.
“Since the earthquakes occurred, we have been in close contact with the China Red Cross and other partners on the ground to see how we can provide any assistance to the survivors. Funds raised by the people of Singapore will go towards the purchase of emergency relief supplies for the survivors, who have already faced almost 300 aftershocks. To add to the concerns, torrential rains are expected in the next few days. We hope that this contribution of relief items will help to bring some comfort to those in the temporary evacuation centres,” said Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General of the Singapore Red Cross.
Multiple earthquakes rocked south-western China on 6 September, affecting one of China’s poorest regions. Tens of thousands of homes and key infrastructure like electrical transmission lines and roads have been destroyed. 81 died and more than 800 were injured in the disaster. The Yunnan government also estimates that over 200,000 need to be evacuated.
The Singapore Government has donated S$50,000 to the Singapore Red Cross for relief operations in the region. The Singapore Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation. At this stage, the SRC is not launching a public appeal but will accept walk-in donations for the Yunnan earthquake.