Nuke fallout: Nearly 5000 Indians leave Japan

Nearly 5,000 Indians, out of a 25,000-strong community based in Japan, have already left that country in the aftermath of tsunami caused by a massive earthquake last week.

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 23:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Nearly 5,000 Indians, out of a
25,000-strong community based in Japan, have already left that
country in the aftermath of tsunami caused by a massive
earthquake last week.

"It is difficult to give the exact number of Indians
who have left so far as they are leaving from various airports
apart from Tokyo. But the estimates are that the number at
present is between 4,000 to 5,000," official sources said.

They said the government was closely monitoring the
situation in Japan, which is reeling under the devastation
caused by the tsunami and earthquake on March 11.

"It is a fast evolving situation. No one can say what
will happen in next 24 or 48 hours," they said.

The approximately 25,000 Indians in Japan were
concentrated in the Kanto and Kansai regions.

Meanwhile, after the first consignment of relief
material, comprising woolen blankets, sent to the devastation-
hit country, India has offered to despatch a team of National
Disaster Management Authority and a response from Japan is
awaited.

Japan was hit by a massive earthquake causing giant
tsunami waves and is currently struggling to avert a meltdown
at a nuclear installation.

PTI