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S. Korea to offer $500,000 in aid for quake-hit Indonesia

All News 10:32 August 10, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Friday it will provide Indonesian with US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance after the Southeast Asian nation suffered damage from a recent earthquake.

The cash aid will be delivered through local Red Cross authorities, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Indonesian island of Lombok was hit by a 7 magnitude quake on Sunday and an aftershock.

A total of 259 people were killed and 1,033 were injured, with more than 270,000 others displaced as of Thursday, according to the Indonesian government.

The ministry pointed out that Indonesia is South Korea's key partner in its New Southern Policy aimed at promoting substantive cooperation with southern Asian countries.

The two sides upgraded bilateral ties to a "special strategic partnership" during President Moon Jae-in's state visit to Indonesia in November last year.


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