SINGAPORE: The Government of Singapore will contribute US$100,000 to the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) to support disaster relief and humanitarian efforts in West Java, Indonesia following the November 21 earthquake.
The contribution will complement the SRC’s pledge of US$50,000 to support the immediate needs of those affected by the quake, including food, medical assistance and emergency shelter, the State Department said in a press statement on Thursday. (Nov 24).
The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) also said it is closely monitoring the situation in Indonesia, including through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Humanitarian Disaster Management Coordination Centre.
“SCDF stands ready to provide urban search and rescue and/or humanitarian assistance on demand.”
Reuters reported on Thursday that the earthquake, whose epicenter was in the town of Cianjur, about 75 km south of the capital Jakarta, killed at least 272 people, while thousands sheltered in tents.