Relief efforts in Laos
In response to the floods that caused the sudden hydropower dam collapse in Southeast Laos on 23 July, Singapore Red Cross (SRC) launched a public fundraising appeal on 25 July, and pledged S$50,000 in humanitarian aid to the affected communities. The Singapore Government made a contribution of US$100,000 as seed money to kickstart the public fundraising appeal.
The donations funded the purchase and distribution of relief items, including first aid supplies, blankets and mats for survivors, as well as other disaster relief and recovery efforts.
SRC collaborated with Lao Red Cross Society (LRCS) to mobilise a three-person advance team to deliver relief supplies to some 1,000 families from 26 July to 31 July. The team also conducted ground assessments to determine urgent and mid-term needs.
A second team arrived in Attapeu with three water filtration systems for the evacuation sites, as well as mosquito nets in response to the malaria outbreak.
Besides these relief efforts, SRC also activated its “Restoring Family Links” (RFL) service to assist Singaporeans and Laotians to locate their immediate family members who may have been affected by the disaster, with whom they have difficulty in contacting.