Indonesian troops head to disaster area

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Some 100 Indonesian troops have left the city of Makassar in southern Sulawesi island to help with rescue efforts in the country’s quake- and tsunami-hit areas.

The troops boarded a naval ship Monday morning and headed to the hard-hit cities of Palu and Donggala. They’ll join some 1,300 personnel already at site, including military and police.

They are bringing food, water and other supplies to the affected area.

Makassar is over 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Palu and Donggala.

Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami has increased slightly to 844, and nearly 50,000 people have been displaced by the disaster.