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Operation Samudra Maitri to help tsunami hit Indonesia

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India has launched ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to assist the survivors of last week’s earthquake and consequent tsunami in Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia.

According to an External Affairs Ministry statement,”Two IAF aircraft — a C-130J and a C-17 — carrying medical personnel and relief material flew for humanitarian assistance. The C-130J aircraft is carrying a medical team on board along with tents and equipment to set up a field hospital. The C-17 aircraft is carrying medicines, generators, tents and water to provide immediate assistance. Indian naval ships INS Tir, INS Sujatha and INS Shardul have also been mobilised for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. These ships are likely to reach Central Sulawesi on 6 October. The operation was launched after a telephonic conversation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 1 October, and following Indonesia’s acceptance of international aid’.

At least 1,347 people were killed in the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi island last Friday. The number of dead was expected to climb, officials said.

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