Indonesia is a country which often falls victim of earthquakes and tsunami. After a earthquake with 7.5 magnitude struck the country and further generated tsunami on Friday, India has initiated a rescue operation to offer help to earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia.
According to the information from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India has dispatched two aircrafts and three naval ships containing relief material to Indonesia under ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ after a brief conversation on phone between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on October 1, where in the counterpart agreed to accept foreign aid.
India sent two Air Force aircraft — C-130J and C-17 – to Indonesia on Wednesday morning along with medical personnel and relief material. The C-130J aircraft is carrying a medical team along with tents and equipments to set up a field hospital where as the C-17 aircraft is carrying medicines, generators, tents and water to offer immediate assistance as per the MEA statement. Apart from this, India has also sent three Indian Navy ships — INS Tir, INS Sujatha and INS Shardul – to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). According to the ministry, these ships are likely to reach the Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia on October 6.
It is remarkable that the death toll in Indonesia’s twin quake-tsunami disaster, which devastated many regions of the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, has now already reached around 1,400. An earthquake with the magnitude 7.5 occurred at evening time on Friday which further resulted in a tsunami which is said to have been as high as 6 metres (nearly 20 feet) in many places. During such a crucial point of time, this kind gesture of rendering help to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia from the government of India is sure to be highly appreciated by the Indonesian government sooner or later.