National

RI to send relief team
to Haiti: SBY

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesian would send a contingent of humanitarian workers to Haiti to help the people affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake there.

"I have instructed an Indonesia contingent to depart to Haiti to help Haitians who have been affected by the massive natural disaster," Yudhoyono said Thursday at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta.

The President said relief workers should act quickly after a disaster struck to save more lives.

Head of the National Disaster Handling Agency (BNPB) Syamsu Maarif said the team would depart on Friday.

Thousands of people are feared dead in the quake that devastated the Caribbean state.

Indonesia was last jolted by a major quake in September last year. The 7.9-magnitude tremor that jolted West Sumatra killed around 1,100 people.

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