Malaysian A-400M aircraft transported emergency supplies to Indonesia
To support the victims of earthquake and tsunami of last days
The Indonesian Government, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Airbus Foundation have been working together to support humanitarian relief efforts in Palu, Indonesia with the deployment of a RMAF A-400M and the distribution of emergency supplies to the city. The A-400M, which arrived in Jakarta’s Halim Air Base on 4th October, has been delivering relief material to Palu to support the victims of an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which devastated the city on 28th September. The A-400M’s cargo included fuel trucks from Indonesian oil firm Pertamina and excavators from industrial products manufacturer PT Pindad. The aircraft also transported food and drinks, clothes, and medical supplies collected by the Indonesian Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises. It will be distributed via the ministry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) networks, which are actively supporting the relief efforts. The Airbus Foundation is also supporting the transport and the distribution of emergency supplies and is helping the IFRC by providing 45 flight hours with an H-125. The Foundation is also supporting Medecins sans Frontières (MSF) by enabling them to contract an H-155 operator who will be assisting relief efforts for a few weeks. Furthermore, images from Airbus satellites are being used for emergency response following the activation of the International Charter for Space.
The earthquake was followed by a tsunami of up to six metres, which struck Palu and neighbouring Donggala. More than 1,400 people have died, around 50,000 residents have been reported missing and over 200,000 people are in need of emergency assistance.
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