Singapore Red Cross donates US$ 100,000 to help flood victims

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(KPL) Vientiane, January 11- The Singapore Red Cross gave the Lao Red Cross US$ 100,000 as relief aid for the people who have been affected by tropical typhoons Haima and Nock-ten.
Besides to the loss of lives, floods triggered by the two typhoons resulted in widespread damage of transportation, agriculture and irrigation infrastructure. The floods also wiped out much of crops, including rice, in the affected areas.
Deputy Secretary General of the Singapore Red Cross, Mr. Benjamin Jeyaraj William presented the donation package to President of the Lao Red Cross, Dr. Snivourast Sramany and Secretary General of the Lao Red Cross, Dr. Keedaeng Thammalangsy at the Lao Red Cross headquarters in Vientiane in the witnessed by Singapore Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Mr. Dileep Nair.
“The impact of the flood has caused a great damage to many farming communities in the various provinces hit by the two typhoons. The recovery period for these communities will be a long on, as they seek to rebuild irrigation and transportation systems, as well as, replant rice and other crops destroyed by the flooding. We hope that the donation from the Singapore people will go some way to helping this recovery process and bring cheer to some of the communities,” said Mr. William.
Mr. William added, “The donation also reflects the warm relations that exists between the Red Cross Societies of Singapore and Laos, between the Lao people and Singaporeans.
During his visit to Laos, Mr. William will also be holding discussions with the Lao Red Cross officials on other areas of possible cooperation for the future.