Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) has evacuated 1,300 survivors from Palu, Central Sulawesi, that was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on September 28, to Makassar in South Sulawesi.

Its hospital ship, KRI dr Soeharso-900, in the meantime, is on its way from Benoa, Bali, to the region carrying a health team, its spokesman Commodore Gig Jonias Mozes Sipadulta said here on Wednesday.

The ship is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, he added.

He said TNI AL continued deploying forces and personnel to the region.

"From the first day of the disaster in Palu or several hours later, TNI AL directly deployed its forces to the location. The first batch came from its VIth Base in Makassar," he said.

He said TNI AL still sent forces to the disaster-affected region as it has the capacity to carry logistics and materials on a large scale.

Reporting by Syaiful Hakim
Editing by Yoseph Haryadi, Otniel Tamindael

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