The A400M Atlas will fly from from a base in the Middle East and arrive in Indonesia tomorrow.
On the 28th of September 2018, a shallow earthquake struck in the neck of the Minahasa Peninsula, Indonesia, with its epicentre located in the mountainous Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi. The quake was located 48 miles away from the provincial capital Palu and was felt as far away as Samarinda on East Kalimantan and also in Tawau, Malaysia.
Following the mainshock, a tsunami alert was issued for the nearby Makassar Strait, but was called off half an hour later. A localised tsunami struck Palu, sweeping shore-lying houses and buildings on its way.
The combined effects of the earthquake and tsunami led to the deaths of at least 1,347 people and injured a further 632. This makes it the deadliest earthquake to strike the country since the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, as well as the deadliest earthquake worldwide so far in 2018.
It is understood that the UK is also sending Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll and making £2m of aid available for the relief effort.