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Nightmare in Tokyo: Indians tell tales of horror

Vijay Kumar Singh (24), a student of Tokyo University, left his house at 5pm on Tuesday for the Narita airport to catch a flight to Delhi. With no conveyance available, he started walking and reached the airport at 11am the next day.

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2011 22:56 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Vijay Kumar Singh (24), a student of Tokyo University, left his house at 5pm on Tuesday for the Narita airport to catch a flight to Delhi. With no conveyance available, he started walking and reached the airport at 11am the next day.

This trip takes two hours by car.

For Indians staying in and near Tokyo, the natural disaster and the nuclear crisis has turned out to be their worst nightmare.

"There is no food available and water supply is feared to radiation-contaminated," Singh said after arriving at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Thursday.

With phone lines dead, those staying in Tokyo couldn't contact home.

"Though law and order is under control in Tokyo, there is fear regarding radiation leaks," said Nitin Chopra, a software engineer.

Though there are no evacuation measures from the government, Air India has increased its number of flights from Tokyo.

With nearly 500 Indians returning to Delhi from Japan every day, radiation contamination checks have begun at the IGI Airport.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has deployed 40 of its personnel and dispatched three teams to IGI airport to check Indians coming from Japan for radiation poisoning.

"We are scanning passengers with hand-held gamma detector meters but haven't found any radiation contamination yet," said JK Bansal, NDMA chief.

NDMA has sent personnel with bio and radioactive-hazard suits and sent HAZMAT vans to the airport. Ambulances have been kept on stand-by to take the sick to hospitals.

In a statement, the ministry of external affairs and the Embassy of India, Tokyo said the situation in Japan is being monitored.

"All Indian nationals are reported to be safe and have been advised to take precautions suggested by the Japanese authorities from time to time," it said.

The ministry has asked Indians to avoid non-essential travel to Japan for now.