India sending first relief plane with blankets to Japan

Last Updated: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12:48

New Delhi: Ready to extend all possible
help immediately to Japan, reeling under the devastation
caused by the massive earthquake and Tsunami, India is sending
first plane-load of blankets on Sunday.

"India sending wool good quality blankets for the
people of Sendai and others affected by Japan quake. 1st plane
load being readied," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao tweeted.

"Discussed this with Jap (Japanese) Amb (Ambassador)
in Delhi and we felt this was most useful and needed item
given cold weather conditions in affected areas," she said.

MEA officials also said that governments of Haryana
and Punjab are also helping in procuring large quantity of
woollen blankets as the weather is very cold there.

Rao is in constant touch with Indian embassy officials
and also Japanese officials here regarding their requirements.

"All possible help will be extended immediately," they
said.

Japan was hit by one of the worst-ever earthquake
causing giant Tsunami waves on Friday and according to some
news-media estimates, the death toll ranged between 1,300
and 1,700, and could rise sharply. In the port town of
Minamisanriku, nearly 10,000 people were unaccounted for,
according to the public broadcaster NHK.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12:48

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