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US Navy arrives in Indonesian quake zone

PADANG, Indonesia (AP) - U.S. Navy ships and helicopters have arrived in Indonesia to distribute aid and evacuate the injured following last week's deadly earthquake.

Indonesian officials say the death toll from the Sept. 30 quake has reached 784, and 242 people are still missing.

Chief Petty Officer Ty Swartz says the USS Denver and USS Campbell arrived late yesterday in West Sumatra province carrying tons of aid and equipment.

Four helicopters flew to Padang, where they will distribute aid and evacuate the injured from villages cut off by landslides.

Aid groups from some 30 nations are taking part in the relief effort. The U.S. military deployment is the largest in Indonesia since the 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 in a dozen countries.


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