A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 transport aircraft airlifted humanitarian supplies to Laos this afternoon to provide relief to displaced civilians affected by flash floods arising from the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province. A second RSAF C-130 will depart on 27 July. The relief package, worth approximately S$280,000, comprised tents, meal rations, bottled water, medical supplies, and five rubber dinghies with outboard motors donated by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force will also be delivering 11 large modular field tents to aid relief efforts with the second C-130 flight.
The aid supplies were handed over to Laos Vice Minister of Labour and Social Welfare H.E. Baykham Khattiya by Singapore Ambassador in Vientiane Dominic Goh and the SAF Mission Commander, Colonel Mohd Fahmi Bin Aliman, Director (Designate) of the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre (RHCC).