The Singapore contingent attended to more than 2,500 injured or sick people in Nepal after the deadly earthquake of April.
According to the Singapore foreign ministry, medical supplies have been given to the Singapore Red Cross currently in Nepal to provide medical relief to the local population. A team from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre also worked within Nepal's Multi-National Military Coordination Centre, supporting the Nepalese military to coordinate the relief efforts, the ministry said.
The Singapore government contributed money through the Singapore Red Cross to help the Nepalese people.The Singapore contingent in Nepal would return home over the coming days as the Nepalese authorities have announced the end of search and rescue operations, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said. Nearly 8,000 people have been killed and thousands injured in the April 25 injured which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. The temblor caused widespread destruction in the Himalayan nation.
Singapore mobilised personnel from the ministry of home affairs (Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force), Singapore Armed Forces, and the ministry of health and the Health Sciences Authority for deployment to Nepal.
"The Singapore contingent comprised 182 officers. Apart from providing consular assistance to Singaporeans stranded in Nepal, its mission included search and rescue and disaster recovery operations, disaster victim identification, provision of field medical assistance and relief to the injured and sick, and to support the Nepalese authorities' coordination of relief efforts," the ministry said.Singapore's air force mobilised its C-130 aircraft to transport personnel, equipment and relief supplies to Nepal, and operated a total of eight flights between Singapore and Nepal.
The C-130s also helped airlift medical personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and a French member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team into Nepal. "Singapore hopes that our assistance will make a tangible difference to the lives of Nepalese survivors during this very difficult period," the ministry said.