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S'pore Red Cross to send relief supplies to Sichuan quake survivors

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will send relief supplies worth S$150,000 to survivors of the earthquake in China’s Sichuan province.

Secretary General of SRC, Benjamin William, said: "We are coordinating our relief response with our sister national society, Red Cross Society of China, and our partners on the ground, to get the supplies as soon as possible. 120,000 people in Lushan country need temporary shelter, food, drinking water and medicine immediately."

The SRC is extending its operating hours to receive cash donations for its public fundraising appeal.

It said it will continue to monitor the situation and plan further relief assistance.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also written to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to convey his condolences to the people and government of China, saying he was saddened to learn of the disaster.

Mr Lee said he visited Sichuan just last September, and was “deeply moved to learn first-hand of the hardships that the people in Yingxiu experienced during the 2008 earthquake, and inspired by their fortitude in rebuilding their lives”.

He said it is unfortunate that another major earthquake has struck Sichuan again and that Singapore stands ready to assist those affected by this tragedy.

He added that he is confident the people of Sichuan will overcome this tragedy with resilience and determination.