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PA distributes essential, basic items in anticipation of haze

The People's Association on Saturday distributed essential and basic items to the community in anticipation of the haze.

SINGAPORE: The People's Association has started distributing essential and basic items to the community in anticipation of the haze.

A nationwide WeCare Pack distribution exercise was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Jalan Kayu constituency on Saturday.

Mr Lee flagged off some 30 volunteers who began their door-to-door visits to distribute the WeCare Packs to Jalan Kayu residents.

Some 200 packs were given to the elderly, vulnerable, immobile and sickly residents.

The WeCare Pack consists of essential and basic items. The essential items include four pieces of N95 masks, and a haze health advisory.

The basic items include canned food, which can last a family of two people for three days.

Over the next four weeks, volunteers will send these packs to some 26,000 targeted residents across the island. Each pack is worth S$30.

Last year, a similar number of packs were distributed after Singapore was hit by record levels of haze.

This time, authorities have moved quickly to distribute the packs early.

Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, MP of Ang Mo Kio GRC, said: "We have to make sure residents are prepared before the haze comes around. Last year, we know how bad it was during the June period. This time round, we thought we will do it a little bit early and in particular to reach out to vulnerable families or families who may need a little bit more help."

The People's Association is also updating its records of residents who may need help.

Ang Hak Seng, chief executive director at People’s Association, said: "In fact, the preparations against haze have started three months ago. We built on the database that we have collected last year and refreshed the data. At the same time, we added families who we now outreach and realised that they also need help."

Mr Ang said this year, five per cent more families have been added to the database.

The start of the WeCare Pack distribution was held as part of the Jalan Kayu Community Day.

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