SINGAPORE (7-Dec-2012/PNA/Bernama) – The Singapore Red Cross will contribute S$150,000 worth of relief supplies to assist survivors of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.
The relief supplies, which comprise collapsible water containers, blankets and rice, will be distributed by a team of Red Cross volunteers to survivors living in shelters, over the next few days.
Its Secretary-General Benjamin William said: “Since the typhoon first made landfall, we have been in close touch with our sister national society, the Philippine Red Cross.
“We understand from early assessments that the number of fatalities, casualties, affected persons and displaced families will increase in the coming days, as rescuers reach out to the affected areas.
“Singapore Red Cross’ humanitarian aid will directly benefit the survivors living in shelters. We will continue to work closely with the Philippine Red Cross, on the on-going critical relief efforts.”
Bopha made landfall in the early hours of Dec 4 in Davao Oriental, on the eastern coast of Mindanao Island.
It brought heavy rains and strong winds that have left a trail of destruction to homes, livelihoods and infrastructure across 26 provinces as it tracked across the island of Mindanao into the sea south of Visayas, before passing northern Palawan.
A total 294,110 persons have been affected across 26 provinces, with 250,511 persons sheltered in 544 evacuation centers.
At least 4,700 houses have been damaged, with livelihoods of thousands of families heavily impacted.
According to the latest data released Friday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, death toll has continued to rise to 418.
The Singapore Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation. (PNA/Bernama)