India launches ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to help tsunami-hit Indonesia

India has launched a massive operation to provide assistance to the earthquake-tsunami victims in Indonesia, dispatching two aircraft and three naval ships carrying relief material to the country, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said today.

‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ was launched after a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on October 1, and following Indonesia’s acceptance of international aid.

Meanwhile, three Indian Navy 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 October 6.

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.

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