Italy airlifts aid to Indonesian quake disaster

Italy airlifts aid to Indonesian quake disaster

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The Italian government said on Monday it is flying emergency supplies and also shelters for 350 aid workers in Palu, central Indonesia, where a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Sulawesi province last month, killing over 2,000 people, injuring over 4,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

A financing of 200,000 euros was allocated immediately after the 28 September disaster to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to fund emergency relief operations and the delivery of shelters and food in the areas involved, Italy's foreign ministry said.

In addition, two flights organised by the Italian Cooperation Agency took off from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi carrying equipment donated by the Italian Red Cross to the Indonesian Civil Protection and Red Cross to host 350 humanitarian aid workers in the Base Camp of Palu who are there to assist the population struck by the disaster, the ministry stated.