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Indian family in exposure zone in Japan to be evacuated

The Indian mission in Japan has located an Indian family stuck in the nuclear exposure zone and is in the process of evacuating them, Indian Ambassador to Japan Alok Prasad said on Thursday.

world Updated: Mar 17, 2011 16:18 IST

The Indian mission in Japan has located an Indian family stuck in the nuclear exposure zone and is in the process of evacuating them, Indian Ambassador to Japan Alok Prasad said on Thursday.

"We are getting to know that there is one family in the exposure zone and we are trying to evacuate them," Prasad told CNN-IBN channel from Tokyo.

Prasad said the Indian embassy has requested Air India to run more capacity flights as they are planning to send more people to India in the next three-four days.

"However, no advisory has been issued to the Indians," he added.

Air India is operating a daily jumbo flight between New Delhi and Tokyo March 16-19 to bring back countrymen. So far, the airline has brought back around 900 passengers from Japan.

Besides the flight to Tokyo, Air India operates three flights a week to Osaka which will continue as per schedule.

In view of the natural disaster which struck the country, the airline has also decided to waive all penalties for re-booking, cancellations and refunds on all types of tickets for travel to and from Japan up to March 31.

A devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan March 11, damaging three nuclear reactors, leading to fears of a nuclear meltdown.