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(LEAD) S. Korea to provide US$1 mln in aid to quake-stricken Indonesia

All Headlines 22:57 September 30, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in last 3 paras)

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will provide US$1 million in humanitarian assistance to Indonesia where a massive earthquake and tsunami have killed hundreds of people, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

The assistance may be used to help meet the immediate needs of people affected by the disasters and support recovery works, the ministry said.

Seoul is also considering the dispatch of South Korean relief workers to Indonesia, it said. "In consideration of the possibility that the scale of the damage could expand further, (South Korea) plans to review possible dispatch of our team of overseas relief workers through consultation among government agencies and with the Indonesian government," according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The twin disasters swept through Indonesia's Sulawesi region on Friday, with officials saying the death toll has reached some 830 so far.

The South Korean government is also in cooperation with the Indonesian government to track down a South Korean national who went missing on Sulawesi Island in the wake of the disasters, a foreign ministry official said.

"The South Korean Embassy in Indonesia has asked the Indonesian foreign ministry, national disaster prevention agency and search and rescue agency for prompt location and rescue of the Korean national," according to the official.

The South Korean embassy in Indonesia is also working to verify the whereabouts of several unidentified Korean nationals who were believed to have been in the areas when the disasters took place, the official added.


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