LABUTTA (MYANMAR) :
What is Singapore doing, you might ask?
Assistance from Singapore
Medical supplies arrive in Myanmar
CYCLONE-BATTERED Myanmar received the first portion of a US$200,000 (S$270,000) aid package from Singapore yesterday.
Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Mr Robert Chua, handed the first of several tranches of aid – this one consisting of medical supplies – to Colonel Myint Htun, the director-general of the Myanmar Social Welfare Ministry’s fire services department.
Drinking water, water purifying tablets, tents, blankets and food supplies will also be sent there in the next few days.
Red Cross and Mercy Relief swing into action
TWO Singaporean aid agencies are gearing up to help victims of the cyclone that struck various parts of Myanmar last week.
The Singapore Red Cross is hoping to raise at least $500,000 from a public appeal for funds.
It says $9,000 have been raised so far from unsolicited donations made since Tuesday.
Walk-in contributions can be made at the Red Cross House on Penang Lane.
It will not, however, take donations in kind due to logistical considerations.
Two of its members will be deployed to Myanmar by today, and act as a liaison party, which will pave the way for a medical team to get to affected regions.
Non-governmental organisation Mercy Relief has also put together a disaster relief team which will leave for Myanmar as soon as its members get their visas.
It is also sending $60,000 worth of relief supplies to the country. These include 500 tents, medical supplies and household kits containing utensils and solid fuel.
Myanmar community collecting cash and donations in kind
SINGAPORE’S community of Myanmar nationals is collecting cash and donations in kind.
One group has teamed up with volunteer organisation Crime Library Singapore, and has set up three collection centres to collect recyclables, including old clothes and discarded electronic items, for at least a week from today.
The items will be sold to raise money, which will then be handed over to a non-governmental organisation in Myanmar.
The collection centres are at Newton Circus’ carpark, the multi-storey carpark on Farrer Road and the Crime Library office at Little Road.
A second donation drive for cash and supplies at Peninsula Plaza will also continue until Sunday. It has raised more than $12,000 in cash so far.
Source: Straits Times dated 8 May 2008