Saturday, April 16, 2011

68 Filipinos near Fukushima want to return home

Manila's Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that 68 Filipinos living close to the Fukushima I nuclear plant have expressed their intention to be repatriated.
This number represents 3.4 percent of the total number of the 2,000 Philippine nationals who live in one of the worst-hit areas Fukushima Prefecture during the triple disasters. Many of them are married to Japanese nationals, according to PDI.
Two buses will be dispatched by the Embassy to Fukushima City to take them to Narita Airport.
A Philippine Airlines flight will depart on Sunday 17 April and is expected to arrive at 13:30 local time.
The mandatory repatriation of Filipinos living within the 50-kilometer zone and voluntary repatriation to those who live 100 kilometers from the crippled plant were earlier ordered by the Philippine government when Japan raised the alert level of the nuclear plant from 5 to the maximum of 7 that indicate continuous release of radioactive materials of over 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials since the initial explosion last month.
The state will shoulder the cost of repatriation.
Returnees will "undergo proper health check-ups at radiation screening facilities run by the Japanese government."
Details of this report here.

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