Singapore leaders express condolences over Indonesia flash floods

SINGAPORE, March 19 (NNN-CNA) � President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to express their condolences over the flash floods in Papua, Indonesia.

The floods, which hit late on Saturday, have killed least 77 people. Dozens more are missing.

In her letter, Halimah said she is saddened to hear of the loss of lives, injuries and damage caused.

Singapore stands in solidarity with Indonesia during this period. We are confident of Indonesia's ability to overcome this unfortunate disaster, she wrote.

Please let us know if Singapore can be of any assistance.

In his letter, Lee said Singapore stands ready to help.

On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and communities affected, he said.

I have full confidence that the Indonesian government will manage the relief efforts with characteristic strength and fortitude, Lee added.

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indonesian people and are ready to help.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said its embassy in Jakarta is monitoring the situation closely, adding that there are so far no reports of Singaporeans affected by the flash floods.

It advised Singaporeans in the affected areas to monitor the local news closely, and to keep in touch with family and friends to let them know they are safe. � NNN-CNA

Source: NAM News Network

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