Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has announced that it will contribute S$20,000 to the flood relief efforts in Malaysia in which it will support the Malaysian Red Crescent in assisting and evacuating people affected by the floods.
SRC stated that the fund will help to provide hot food, blankets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits for affected people at the flood evacuation centres.
Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General/CEO of the Singapore Red Cross said, "We are extending our support to the flood relief efforts in Malaysia, given its impact on numerous communities in several states. With more rainfall expected, the impact of the floods on these communities is likely to be prolonged.
"The support extended to colleagues in the Malaysian Red Crescent, with whom we share a close and friendly bond, will help ensure support and care for as many people as possible, especially those in the evacuation centres," he added.
SRC stressed that it will remain in close contact with the Malaysian Red Crescent to assess the extent of the damage and needs, and provide further support where needed.
The SRC noted that it is not launching a public fundraising appeal at this point. However, donations can be made at Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486, during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). Cheques can be made payable to ‘Singapore Red Cross Society’ and posted to the above address. Donations to overseas efforts are not tax deductible.
More than 15,000 people had to be evacuated as districts in 10 of Malaysia's 13 states were flooded due to heavy rainstorm with Johor and Pahang to be two worst-hit states.