THE Singapore Government will contribute US$25,000 (S$32,327) as seed money to kickstart humanitarian assistance to countries in the region affected by recent floods.

The donation is in response to the Singapore Red Cross 'South East Asia Tropical Storm' appeal, said a statement from the MFA on Tuesday.

The flood-hit countries in the region include Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Heavy rains in these countries have forced evacuation of thousands of people, with reports of many drowned and missing.

In Thailand, the worst floods to hit parts of the country in decades have left at least 56 people dead, officials said Tuesday.

Bangkok is on standby with thousands of sandbags and pumps as flood water from the north runs downstream and could coincide with high tide, but so far no major flooding has been reported in the capital.

The authorities estimate that about 2.8 million people across the country have been affected, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed.

The massive flooding in Vietnam has killed at least 75 people in four provinces. A cyclone that hit the west coast of Myanmar has caused widespread damage.

S'pore gives US$25k to flood aid