SINGAPORE: All the registered Singaporeans in Kaohsiung and Tainan, which were affected by the earthquake that struck Taiwan on Saturday morning (Feb 6), have been contacted and are safe, the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei said in a press release.
This followed an earlier update it sent after checking with the Taiwanese authorities, saying it had not received any reports of affected Singaporeans so far.
"We will continue with our contact tracing efforts." it had said. "We also send our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones."
In its latest press release, the office said: "As of this evening, we have contacted all the registered Singaporeans in Tainan and Kaohsiung, and they are safe," said the trade office.
It added: "The Singapore Trade Office will continue to monitor the situation closely, and would like to advise Singaporeans in the affected areas to remain calm and exercise vigilance as there could be aftershocks."
In a Facebook post on Saturday afternoon, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed that the trade office is contacting Singaporeans known to be in the area. "Glad that those contacted so far are safe," said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee also said he was "saddened to hear about the loss of lives and damage" from the earthquake.
"It must be especially difficult with the New Year approaching and everyone looking forward to the celebrations," he added.
In a separate Facebook post, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said: "The Singapore Government was saddened by news of the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan earlier this morning, in which several people lost their lives and more than a hundred have been reported injured."
"We send our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the earthquake," Dr Balakrishnan added. "The Singapore government will be contacting the Taiwanese authorities to offer our assistance in the rescue efforts."
Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam also took to Facebook on Saturday to announce that the Singapore Civil Defence Force's Lionheart contingent is on stand-by should the Taiwan authorities need assistance with rescue efforts.
Singaporeans in the affected areas who require consular assistance may contact the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:
Singapore Trade Office in Taipei
Duty Office no: (+886) - 953 532 638
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)
Tel: (+65) 6379 8800/8855