Vietnamese evacuated from Japan's disaster-hit areas

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The Vietnamese embassy in Japan has sent teams to areas hit by the twin disasters last week to evacuate Vietnamese citizens to Tokyo.


According to the Vietnam News Agency, as of Wednesday, the teams had evacuated over 80 people from Sendai City of Miyagi Prefecture, Morioka City of Iwate Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture.


The evacuation was conducted as ordered by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. He has asked related agencies to facilitate procedures for those Vietnamese who want to return home.


He also ordered the Ministry of Science and Technology to provide information about the nuclear incident in Japan, where local authorities are trying to thwart a meltdown at the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture.


The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, has been asked to cooperate with related agencies to make plans in case nuclear fallout from Japan affects Vietnam, and check the radioactive level of Vietnamese who come back from the country.


A team of doctors and nurses will be sent to Japan for rescue missions there, according to the Prime Minister's order.  The Ministry of Finance and Vietnam's Red Cross chapter will also send the an government aid package worth US$200,000 as well as donations from Vietnamese people to victims of the disasters.


Currently about 31,000 Vietnamese people are living in Japan, including students and Vietnamese-Japanese residents, the embassy was quoted as saying by the Vietnam News Agency.


Japan, the world's third largest economy, is currently facing its worst crisis since the World War II after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit its northeastern region last Friday. More than 10,000 people are feared dead and hundreds of thousands rendered homeless.

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