Singapore sends condolences, rescuers to quake-hit Japan

23:17, March 12, 2011      

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Singapore dispatched rescuers to Japan to assist in the search and rescue operations on Saturday, and Singapore leaders also sent condolences to Japan over the devastating earthquake and tsunami the previous day.

The team of five officers from the urban search and rescue contingent of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and five search dogs left for Japan on Saturday morning. They had experience in overseas search and rescue operations, including the post-quake rescue operations following the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Channel NewsAsia said.

Meanwhile, President S R Nathan sent a letter to Japanese Emperor Akihito, conveying the deepest sympathies.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also extended his sympathies to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, saying he was deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction.

Singapore stands ready to assist in any way it can, Lee said.

Some of the flights from Singapore's Changi Airport to the Narita Airport in Tokyo resumed on Saturday, though some travellers, including visitors going to Japan and Japanese anxious to get back home, were still affected by cancelled flights originally scheduled to take off in the morning.

Source: Xinhua

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