Brunei, Singapore deploy teams to aid Nepal
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’S military contigent has teamed up with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for deployment to Gorkana, Nepal to provide medical assistance to victims of the 7.8-magnitude killer earthquake.
According to Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, Brunei’s eight man contingent comprising of five Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel and three Gurkhas left for Kathmandu yesterday aboard the Singapore Air Force’s C-130 aircraft.
They joined the six additional SAF personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre (RHCC).
The aircraft also carried medical and sustenance supplies.
“The RBAF personnel will join the SAF medical team deployed to Gokarna town. Both armed forces will work alongside in providing medical assistance to the earthquake victims there,” the Singaporean Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The deployment of the Brunei contingent was coordinated through Brunei’s international liaison officer to the RHCC, said the statement.
“This demonstrates the excellent defence ties between the SAF and RBAF,” it said.
RBAF Lieutenant Colonel Dr Muhammad Hiza Wardy Hj Abd Halim is leading Brunei’s contingent of two doctors and four paramedics. The contingent, which left Brunei on Wednesday, is expected to be in Nepal for at least two weeks. Gokarna is located in the Bagmati Zone of Khatmandu District, and has a population of over 7,000, according to Nepal’s 2011 census.
The Brunei Times