20 Thai students in Japan waiting for a rescue team to arrive


JAPAN, 13 March 2011 (NNT)-Thai Ambassador to Japan His Excellency Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul said Thai officials have been able to contact 20 Thai students in the town of Sendai, Japan, so far with a rescue team expected to reach them in 20 hours.

The Thai Ambassador said following the tsunami last Friday the search for Thai people has begun ever since. Thai students reportedly gathered at one restaurant and have been waiting for help. The first rescue team had already been sent to get them; however, due to debris blocking streets and roads, the team is using a longer route to get to the destination.

According to the report, 40 more Thais have also asked for their evacuation but it will be next Tuesday until another rescue team arrives. H.E. Virasakdi said that the Thai Embassy needs to notify Japan’s Foreign Ministry first before a rescue effort can be made. A team of Thai doctors will also travel with the rescue team on the same day.

However, the Embassy has been unable to contact 250 other Thais living near the Nuclear Power Plant where the explosion occurred. The Japanese government has ordered a mass evacuation of 210,000 people away from the nuclear reactor for fears the radioactive could harm people. It is considered dangerous to be within the 20 kilometers radius of the power plant. He suspected that Thai people could have been among those people too.