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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

121 Indonesians in Sendai to be relocated to Tokyo, FM

Jakata (ANTARA News) - As many as 121 Indonesians who live in one of Japan`s earthquake affected areas, Sendai, will be relocated to Tokyo soon, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Sunday.

"The 121 Indonesians are expected to leave from Sendai and arrive in Tokyo on Monday evening," the minister said, adding that most of the evacuees are students comprising 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women.

However, the minister said the time frame of the arrival of the evacuees in Tokyo was depending upon the situation in the field. He also said after arriving in Tokyo, the 121 Indonesians would stay in the Indonesian School in the city while waiting for evacuation process back to Indonesia.

"Hopefully the evacuation process to Jakarta will be started on Tuesday," said the minister.

Earlier, Japan`s Police Agency stated the death toll from a killer earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan`s northeast coast was nearing 900, police said Sunday.

The National Police Agency said 688 people are confirmed dead and 642 missing, with 1,570 injured in the disaster Friday afternoon.

The national police figure did not include a separate death toll in the city of Sendai, according to the police that said at least 200 and up to 300 bodies had been found on the shoreline.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan`s right-hand man and top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, earlier said it was believed more than 1,000 people had died.

Amid a mass rescue effort there were grim updates indicating severe loss of life along the hard-hit east coast of Honshu island, where the monster waves destroyed or damaged more than 12,250 homes and other buildings.

At least 2,400 houses were hit by the tsunami, while more than 100 houses had been burned, police said, adding that there were 60 landslides. (*)


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