Singapore Red Cross donates USD$100 000 to help Lao communities affected by the floods

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The Singapore Red Cross donates USD 100,000 to aid the Lao people affected by the recent floods in Laos caused by Typhoons Haima and Nockten. Besides the loss of lives, the floods resulted in widespread damage to transportation, agriculture and irrigation systems. The floods also wiped out much of the crops, including the rice harvest, in the affected areas. The Lao Red Cross will use the donation to provide food and other essential supplies to the farmers and others affected by the floods in the Southern province of Champasak.

The donation will be presented by Deputy Secretary General of the Singapore Red Cross, Mr Benjamin Jeyaraj William to the President of the Lao Red Cross, Dr Snivourast Sramany and the Secretary General Dr Keedaeng Thammalangsy at the Lao Red Cross headquarters in Vientiane on 11 January 2012. The ceremony will be witnessed by Singapore Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mr Dileep Nair.

“The impact of the flood has caused a great damage to the many farming communities in the various provinces worst hit by the two typhoons. The recovery period for these communities will be a long one, as they seek to rebuild the irrigation and transportation systems, as well as, replant rice and other crops destroyed by the flooding. We hope that the donation from the Singapore people will go some way to helping this recovery process and bring some cheer to the community”, said Mr William, Deputy Secretary General of Singapore Red Cross.

Mr William added, “The donation also reflects the warm relations that exist between the Red Cross Societies of Singapore and Laos, and between the Lao people and Singaporeans.”

During his visit to Laos, Mr William will also be holding discussions with the Lao Red Cross officials on other areas of possible cooperation for the future.

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