Indonesia: Japanese medical team arrives in quake-hit Pariaman

A Japanese medical team comprising 23 doctors has arrived in Pariaman, West Sumatra, to help victims wounded in the powerful earthquake that jolted the province on Wednesday.

Antara reported Saturday the Japanese doctors, including orthopedic specialists, had begun their humanitarian mission at Pariaman state hospital.

"We choose to come to Pariaman because it is the worst-hit area and many victims suffer from fractured and broken bones," a spokesman for the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Hamada, said.

JICA said a 61-strong rescue team from the Japan Disaster Relief was also dispatched to Indonesia to help search for and help survivors of the quake.