Singaporean aircraft with relief supplies arrives in Taiwan (update)

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) Singapore sent one military aircraft loaded with earthquake relief supplies to Hualien Friday.

The C-130 transport aircraft arrived at around 3 p.m., carrying medical supplies, tents and flashlights, the Hualien County government said in a statement.

The county government said earlier in the day that Singapore would send two military aircraft to Taiwan, but later changed the number to one. The Republic of China Air Force also confirmed that only one of the aircraft will be sent.

Two days earlier, the Singaporean foreign ministry issued a statement saying the city state's government was saddened to learn of the loss of life and damage caused by the earthquake that struck Hualien.

"We send our condolences to those affected by the disaster and stand ready to offer our assistance if required," the Singapore government said.

Taiwan's military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (???) said Friday that the arrival of the Singaporean aircraft is part of a humanitarian assistance cooperation effort.

"We're grateful for the gesture," Chen said.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hualien close to midnight Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring hundreds and causing widespread infrastructure damage.

Source: Focus Taiwan