The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has contributed 18 units of inflatable rubber boats to the Thai Red Cross to support their relief efforts in addressing Thailand’s worst flood woes.
All 18 boats were received by the Thai Ambassador, His Excellency Nopadol Gunavibool at the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore today at 4pm. The Embassy will assist to sea freight to Bangkok tomorrow. The boats and accessories cost a total of S$50,000, and each boat can carry as much as 560kg.
“We are very touched by the gesture of friendship of the Singapore Red Cross and the people of Singapore. The arrival of these inflatable boats is timely and useful to help our people affected by the floods in various parts of Bangkok to reach safer grounds”, said Ambassador Nopadol Gunavibool at the handover of the boats at the Thai Embassy today.
The boats will arrive in Bangkok on 12 November and will be received by Lt Gen Amnat Barlee, Director of Relief and Community Health of the Thai Red Cross.
“The inflatable boats will really aid our relief workers and volunteers in their response to the urgent needs of the people who are stranded and displaced from their home. We are facing the worst flood situation in the last 60 years, and we thank everyone who has come forward to help us,” said Lt Gen Amnat Barlee in acknowledging the contribution of the Singapore Red Cross and the people of Singapore.
Responding to Ambassdor Nopadol Gunavibool’s latest update on Bangkok’s immediate needs for the disaster this afternoon, the SRC will be sending another 960 cartons of bottled water to the Thai Embassy tomorrow for survivors of the flood situation.
Update on fundraising efforts
To date, the Singapore Red Cross has raised over S$530,166 for the South East Asia Floods Appeal, from individuals and organisations. The Singapore Government has also contributed US$100,000 when the appeal was first launched on 10 October 2011. The Singapore Red Cross aims to raise $1 million by 30 November 2011, and urges the people of Singapore to respond generously.
Update on relief efforts
The Singapore Red Cross’ contribution of S$200,000 - its first tranche of emergency relief to Thailand and Cambodia – has gone towards the purchase and distribution of food, relief kits and essential supplies. Its second tranche of aid to Cambodia comprises more essential supplies like blankets, water containers, and bottled water.
Additionally, in partnership with Temasek Holdings and Temasek Foundation, the SRC has also sent 4,000 water filtration units, to the Cambodian Red Cross and Thai Red Cross, for immediate use by the flood survivors.
The Singapore Red Cross is working closely with its sister national societies in Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam on further relief and recovery aid to address the specific needs of those affected by the severe flooding.