Singapore Red Cross appeals for funds for West Java earthquake relief

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SINGAPORE - The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is making a public appeal for funds to aid communities affected by the West Java earthquake in Indonesia.

The charity said on Friday that funds raised until Dec 31 will help provide food, medical relief and emergency shelter.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake that hit West Java on Monday killed 271 people and more than 1,000 people were injured. Some 58,000 residents have been displaced, as more than 22,000 homes were destroyed by the quake.

SRC’s Restoring Family Links service will help Singapore residents to locate immediate family members who may have been affected by the earthquake and are uncontactable.

SRC’s fund-raising appeal follows its initial US$50,000 (S$69,000) pledge on Wednesday to provide relief supplies, including water, hygiene items and first aid to those affected. The Singapore government also contributed US$100,000.

Online donations can be made at https://redcross.sg/donate-westjava

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