Sri Lanka increases flights to return people from Japan

09:53, March 17, 2011      

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Sri Lanka has decided to increase flights between the country and Japan in order to bring back concerned nationals, the country's External Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry said more Sri Lankans have asked to return following the blasts in Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The first of the extra flights would leave Tokyo's Narita airport on Thursdsy.

Around 20,000 Sri Lankans are believed to be working, studying or living in Japan.

No Sri Lankan was directly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, the ministry said.

Friday's catastrophic 9.0 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami in Japan has left 4,164 people dead and 7,843 others unaccounted for.

Source: Xinhua

 
 
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