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India sends relief for Indonesia quake victims

India on Monday despatched over 40 tons of medical and other aid to the country.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 18:40 IST

Joining international relief effort to help earthquake devastated people in Indonesia, India on Monday despatched over 40 tons of medical and other aid to the country.

Using giant IL-76 Indian Air Force Transport aircraft and huge naval warships, New Delhi is rushing tents, tarpaulins, medicines, rice, sugar and tea for hundreds of thousands of Indonesians forced to shelter in open areas.

"The first of the IL-76 aircraft took off from here today with about 30 tonnes of relief material including medical supplies, tents, waterproof tarpaulins, jerry cans and other essential items", IAF spokesman Wing Commander Mahesh Upasani said.

"A second IL-76 has been kept in readiness for mercy flight to Indonesia tomorrow", he said as naval authorities diverted a warship INS Rajput" part of task force presently sailing in South China seas to Jakarta with another six tonnes of relief material.

"The warship is also carrying two medical teams," a naval spokesman said. Another Naval warship INS Tabar was being loaded with relief material at Chennai and would set sail for Indonesia on Tuesday.

First Published: May 29, 2006 18:40 IST