Singapore Government contributes US$50,000 to Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami relief efforts

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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Government will contribute US$50,000 in the direction of relief and restoration efforts in Tonga after the large volcanic eruption and tsunami that struck the Pacific Island nation on Jan 15.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan knowledgeable his Tongan counterpart of the contribution in a condolence letter despatched on Tuesday (Jan 25).

“I am saddened by the loss of lives and devastation caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga,” mentioned Dr Balakrishnan within the letter to Tonga Minister for Foreign Affairs Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu.

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“I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Tonga who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster.”

The Government’s contribution might be made by way of the Singapore Red Cross (SRC).

It will complement SRC’s S$50,000 pledge to the Tongan Red Cross, and function seed cash for the SRC’s public fundraising enchantment, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned in a press assertion.

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The eruption of the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano triggered tsunami waves that destroyed villages and resorts and minimize communications for the nation of about 105,000 folks. At least three folks had been killed.

The provide of ingesting water has develop into a priority, as saltwater from the tsunami and volcanic ash have contaminated water sources on the islands.

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The power of the eruption was lots of of instances stronger than that of the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima throughout World War II, in accordance to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The eruption precipitated unusually excessive waves in Peru that drowned two folks and precipitated an oil spill. Tsunami warnings had been additionally issued as far-off as Japan and the US West Coast.

“Singapore stands in solidarity with Tonga during this difficult time,” mentioned Dr Balakrishnan within the letter. “I am confident that the people of Tonga will overcome this disaster with strength and fortitude.”

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