The helicopters will transport evacuees as well as deliver equipment and supplies, Singapore's Defence Ministry says.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinooks arriving to assist in the Texas Army National Guard’s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief operations. (Photo: MINDEF)
SINGAPORE: The four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicopters from its Peace Prairie detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas have arrived on site to assist in the US' Hurricane Harvey disaster relief operations, Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Thursday (Aug 31).
Record rains and flooding in the wake of Harvey have killed at least 25 and driven tens of thousands from their homes.
In a press release, the Defence Ministry said the helicopters arrived at 6.50am (Singapore time) on Thursday to help with the Texas Army National Guard’s relief efforts.
The Ministry added that the Chinooks and personnel are in Temple city, which is about three hours from Houston.
The RSAF Chinooks will transport evacuees as well as deliver equipment and supplies, MINDEF said.
A total of 34 RSAF personnel from the Peace Prairie detachment, comprising pilots, aircrew and engineers, have been deployed for this mission, it added.
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