Singapore extends deployment of 2 C-130s in Indonesia's disaster-hit area

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-08 23:10:27|Editor: yan
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SINGAPORE, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Singapore had offered to extend the deployment of two C-130 transport aircraft of the Republic of Singapore Air Force in the disaster-hit area of Indonesia's Sulawesi, said Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in his Facebook post on Monday evening.

He said the deployment would be extended "as long as Indonesia needs our help."

Ng said the two aircraft had been busy in Sulawesi, as they had flown 20 sorties, ferried more than 30 tons of supplies, and transported close to 400 displaced persons to better facilities for aid and treatment, over six days.

The city-state's defense ministry announced last week that two C-130 transport aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies were sent to Indonesia on Oct. 2, in support of the Indonesian government's disaster relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami on Sept. 28.

The relief package comprises tents, meal rations, bottled water and medical supplies, worth approximately 240,000 Singapore dollars (about 174,620.4 U.S. dollars).

The two C-130s would remain in Indonesia following the delivery of the relief package, to support the Indonesian government to evacuate those displaced from disaster-hit areas, the ministry added.