Taipei, Taiwan is preparing to send relief supplies and a rescue team to Indonesia to assist in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi Island on Sept. 28, two organizations said Tuesday.
Soon after Indonesia issued a call early Tuesday for rescue and relief assistance, the New Taipei Fire Department began assembling a team of 36 rescue workers and six sniffer dogs, the city government said.
The fire department said it was awaiting central government approval to send the team to the Indonesian island, where the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami have left more than 1,200 people dead and hundreds missing.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese aid organization, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, said it had already packed 10,000 blankets and other relief supplies for shipment to Sulawesi Island as soon as possible.
In addition, the foundation said, its Tzu Chi International Medical Association will dispatch a medical team to the affected areas to provide health care services.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel