A couple of days after PM Narendra Modi offered assistance to the earthquake and tsunami-hit Indonesia, the Indian government has flown a number of materials for the relief work in the country.
A total of 37 medical personnel,16 tonnes of medical aid and 10 gensets flew from India to Indonesia on Wednesday. The Indian Air Force, as well as the Indian Navy were pressed into action to start off the relief work.
The natural calamity in Indonesia has taken the lives of over 1,350 people after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the country on September 28, which in turn gave birth to a major tsunami. It is the most devastating quake to have hit the South-East Asian country since the 2004 earthquakes.
What we know so far:
• A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi on Friday morning, causing a Tsunami
• It is the most devastating earthquake to hit Indonesia since 2004
• The tsunami waves were as high as six metres in some places
• The death toll has reached to 1,350 plus and expected to rise sharply
• Bodies are now being buried in mass graves once they have been identified
• The city of Palu has been devastated. There is no electricity and drinking water is in short supply after the pipes were damaged
• Search and rescue teams are working to retrieve people trapped in the ruins
• Rescue operations are hindered by the lack of heavy equipment needed to shift the rubble
• Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has arrived in Palu and is inspecting the damage
On October 1, PM Modi had spoken with his Indonesian counterpart, and promised of every kind of support for the country at this time of calamity. While praising the will and resistance of Indonesian people, he went onto appeal for international aid.
Indonesia, home to 260 million people, is one of the world's most disaster-prone nations. It lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. A massive 2004 quake triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia.