The Singapore Red Cross will provide 30,000 SGD worth of relief items for Vietnamese people affected by recent storms and floods.

The Singapore Red Cross told a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Singapore that storm victims in Laos and Cambodia will also receive aid worth 30,000 SGD each and relief items worth 100,000 SGD will be sent to earthquake survivors in the Philippines.

The aid was received during a public appeal for the Southeast Asia Emergencies launched recently by the Singapore Red Cross.

The appeal writes: “Monsoon in Vietnam is worsened by Tropical Depression 18. Typhoon Wutip made landfall on Vietnam’s central coast after 5pm on September 30, 2013, packing winds up to 103km per hour.”

“More than 200,000 homes were damaged and 13 people killed. While communities are trying to recover from the devastating consequences of the recent storm, another tropical storm, Nari, hit central Vietnam with packing winds of up to 133 km, killing 5 people and causing widespread damage. Assessment of the extent of the damage still ongoing”.

Benjamin William, Secretary General of Singapore Red Cross, said that the Singapore Red Cross has been coordinating with other societies for appropriate humanitarian action as destruction is heavy and more help is urgently needed.

“We hope that the public will donate generously to help the communities affected by these disasters,” he added.

Sharing his thoughts at the Southeast Asia Launch of the 2013 World Disasters Report on Oct. 17, Tee Tua Ba, Singapore Red Cross Chairman said, “While Singapore is not home to natural disasters, our people respond generously to our appeals, allowing the Singapore Red Cross to embark on rapid disaster response, mid-term recovery and long-term rebuilding to affected communities around the globe.”

“We will continue to press on in the effective and efficient delivery of relief assistance to those in need”.-VNA