India launches Operation Samudra Maitri for tsunami-hit Indonesia

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India on Wednesday has launched a massive ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to assist victims of earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province of the Republic of Indonesia.

“Two IAF Aircrafts, C-130J and C-17, carrying medical personnel and relief material departed today morning,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said. 

The operation for humanitarian assistance was launched after the telephonic conversation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Joko Widodo on 1st October 2018 and following Indonesia’s acceptance for international aid.

The C-130J aircraft is carrying a medical team onboard 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 mobilized to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). These ships are likely to reach the Central Sulawesi Province of Indonesia on 6th October 2018.

Nearly 1400 people were killed in the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi island last Friday.