India sends medical team, relief material to quake-hit Indonesia

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-03 17:28:18|Editor: mmm
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NEW DELHI, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- India on Wednesday sent two aircraft loaded with relief material to Indonesia's quake-hit Central Sulawesi province, said official sources in the external affairs ministry.

According to media reports, the death toll in Indonesia's devastating earthquake followed by tsunami last week has crossed 1400 mark, as relief and rescue work is still being carried out.

Besides, three Indian ships have also been mobilized to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). These ships are likely to reach the Central Sulawesi province on October 6, added the sources.

Also carrying medical personnel onboard, the two aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) "C-130J" and "C-17" left for Indonesia on Wednesday morning.

The "C-130J" aircraft is carrying a medical team onboard along with tents and equipments to set up a field hospital, while the "C-17" aircraft is carrying medicines, generators, tents and water to provide immediate assistance to the quake-affected people.

The operation for humanitarian assistance was launched after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked with Indonesian President Joko Widodo over the phone on October 1, and following Indonesia's acceptance of international aid, said a statement issued by the external affairs ministry.