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Singapore to send first batch of relief supplies

SINGAPORE - The Republic's first batch of relief supplies - totalling 60 tonnes - will be sent to Japan on Saturday morning, with more heading there over the next few days. The supplies were contributed by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRC) and consist of blankets, mattresses, bottled water, water containers and foodstuff. In a statement on Friday, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) added that the SAF's contributions, worth approximately S$300,000, were in response to a specific request from the Japanese government. According to the MFA, the Singapore Government will work with the Japanese authorities to expedite the delivery of the supplies to the affected areas. Further consignments from the SAF, SRC and Mercy Relief will be despatched "over the next few days", the MFA added. SRC's first consignment was due to be sent to...

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