Indian Navy diverts 3 ships to assist tsunami-hit Indonesia, PM Modi offers condolences

The Indian Navy diverted three ships that were deployed in Southeast Asia to help tsunami-hit Indonesia for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation.

 Last week, a high-intensity earthquake triggered tsunami in Indonesia and resulted in huge devastation nearly killing 844 and displaced 59,000 people.

Indian Navy spokesperson said, “Indian Naval ships Tir, Sujata & Shardul on deployment to Singapore being diverted to Palu, Indonesia. Ships being sailed out first light tomorrow.”

“Besides humanitarian aid and disaster relief, bricks carried by ships, the ships are carrying 30,000L of bottled drinking water, 1500L of packed juices, 500L of milk, 700 kg of biscuits, 20 tents,” spokesperson added.

The diversion of Indian Navy vessels comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on October 1, spoke to Indonesian President Joko Vidodo and offered condolences on the loss of lives in the recent earthquake and assured assistance from India.

The statement issued by Prime Minister Office said, “The Prime Minister offered deepest condolences on his behalf and on behalf of the people of India on the loss of precious lives in the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit the Sulawesi region of Indonesia… In response to Indonesia’s appeal for international aid, the Prime Minister offered to the President of Indonesia all possible assistance from India as a maritime neighbour and friend of Indonesia.”