The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said it is prioritizing the evacuation of Filipinos in Fukushima Prefecture and other nearby cities in Japan in danger of exposure to radiation from a damaged nuclear power plant.
DFA Spokesman Ed Malaya said Japanese authorities have declared a 20-30 km exclusion zone from the Fukushima plant while other countries recommended an 80-km exclusion zone. He said the embassy chartered 3 buses to bring Filipinos in Fukushima and nearby prefectures to Tokyo, which is 250 kilometers away from the plant.
"Contingency planning is already being done for planes and boats that will be sent to Tokyo, Japan if Filipinos there need to be evacuated," he told radio dzMM.
He added that the DFA is in talks with Philippine Airlines and other carriers to increase flights to Tokyo if an evacuation is warranted.
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