Turkey Send Aid to Japan, Preparing for Returning Citizens
    2011-03-19 00:41:26     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang
 
Turkey announced on Friday that relief aid is being sent to Japan while Turkish Airlines arranged an additional flight to evacuate citizens from Japan.

The Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Department said that a Turkish Airlines cargo plane will depart Friday evening at 5:50 p.m. (1550 GMT), carrying a search and rescue team of 33 people, as well as three vehicles, two trailers, 40 dosimeters and five Geiger counters.

The team is comprised of disaster experts, technicians and search and rescue teams, and received a half day of training at the Istanbul Cekmece Nuclear Research Facility on Thursday.

The team will be operating in Rifu to the north of Sendai, hit hardest by last weeks' earthquake and tsunami. The area is reported to not have been hit by the radiation leak.

The team will operate in the region as long as needed and the conditions are acceptable.

The Foreign Ministry also released a statement, saying that the team was prepared beforehand, and was held on call upon request of the Japanese authorities.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines announced an additional flight that will head to Istanbul from the Narita Airport on Sunday to meet the demands of the people wishing to evacuate.

A report by private channel NTV said that Turkish citizens in Japan have begun requesting free evacuation services from the Foreign Ministry due to full flights and expensive tickets.

So far, nearly 200 have requested evacuation, said the report.

The Turkish government organized free evacuation services for the crises in Libya and Egypt.

Meanwhile, radiation screening preparations have been made for those who arrive from the region.
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