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Govt advises Indians to leave Japan

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2011 21:00 IST

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With the accident severity level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan raised, India has advised its nationals to return home from Tokyo or other affected areas.

"Taking the totality of circumstances into consideration, the ministry is of the opinion that those Indian nationals, especially family members who wish to temporarily and voluntarily return home from Tokyo or other affected areas, may do so," the ministry of external affair said in a release in New Delhi.

It said the help lines at the embassy of India in Tokyo are open for any information or assistance.

Meanwhile, there is a steady flow of Indians from Japan as Air India has already brought in over 1,600 Indians from the quake and tsunami-hit country with the total number crossing more than 6,000.

Air India has deployed 423-seater Boeing 747 to ferry more people from March 16.

The accident severity level at the plant was raised from four to five on the 7-point international scale by Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, placing the crisis two levels below Ukraine's 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a week after the magnitude 9 quake and massive tsunami rocked the country leaving over 17,000 people dead or unaccounted for.