Help Palu Earthquake and Tsunami Victims, UK Send Expert Team

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British authorities will send a team of experts and humanitarian assistance to Indonesia. The shipment was intended to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi (Central Sulawesi).

British International Development Minister, Penny Mordaunt, told Sky News, Tuesday (10/02/2018), the UK has been asked for assistance and will send a team of experts to coordinate the recovery efforts in the field.

"I have provided an initial £ 2 million (Rp. 38.5 billion) in aid from the UK to help meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people," Mordaunt said in a statement.

In a separate statement, Sky News defense correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the British government was considering deploying their military ship to the disaster zone in Central Sulawesi.

It was known that HMS Argyll had sailed in a region near Indonesia and HMS Albion was sailing to Oman to take part in a massive military training.

There are currently two versions of the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. According to data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the death toll so far reached 844 people per Monday (1/10) afternoon. While the version of the Kaplak XIII Merdeka, Col. Inf M Thohir, the death toll reached 925 people.

More than 48 thousand people fled their homes. Estimates of the United Nations Agency (UN) say around 191 thousand people now need emergency assistance in Central Sulawesi.

At least 18 countries have offered humanitarian assistance to the Indonesian government. These countries include the United States, France, Czech, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Turkey, European Union, Australia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Thailand, India and China.

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