Nov 12, 2013

    Singaporeans in Tacloban safe and well

    THE three Singaporean students who were in Tacloban, Philippines, when a deadly typhoon hit are safe and have contacted their families.

    Ms Eileen Heng, Ms Alyssa Chee and Ms Vanessa Chong - all 23-year-old final-year Nutrition and Dietetics students at Flinders University in Australia, had previously been unaccounted for over the weekend.

    But one of the family members confirmed that they have finally managed to get in touch with the trio. Speaking to The Straits Times last evening, Ms Chong's younger sister, Amelia, said: "Yes, we finally heard from my dearest sister Vanessa."

    She added that her sister had called their mother to say she is at the Tacloban Airport and "is safe with the Singapore Civil Defence Force".

    The Straits Times understands that the trio are to be flown out of Tacloban to Manila onboard a military aircraft.

    The students had gone to Tacloban on Oct 20 for a month-long school-placement project under Flinders to work with a local non-profit group, Volunteer for the Visayans, tailoring projects to combat hunger and improve food security in the area. They had been scheduled to fly back on Nov 22.