India has mounted a massive operation to provide assistance to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia, dispatching two aircraft and three naval ships carrying relief material, the Ministry of External Affairs has said.
‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ for humanitarian assistance was launched after a telephonic conversation between the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Indonesian President, Joko Widodo on October 1, and following Indonesia’s acceptance of international aid, the MEA said.
Two Indian Air Force aircraft — C-130J and C-17 — left on Wednesday morning with medical personnel and relief material. The C-130J aircraft is carrying a medical team 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, the MEA said.
Three Indian Naval Ships, INS Tir, INS Sujatha and INS Shardul, have also been mobilised to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).
These ships are likely to reach the Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia on October 6, the ministry said. The death toll in Indonesia’s twin quake-tsunami disaster, which decimated parts of the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, has already climbed to nearly 1,400. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 metres (nearly 20 feet) in places.