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With the radiation leak from the Fukushima nuclear power plant continuing, Indians have started to leave quake-hit Japan. However, officials said on Wednesday that no evacuation plan has been required so far.

Over 30 Indian nationals who were trapped in Sendai, one of the worst-hit east coast cities, were able to travel and are said to be on their way home.

“All Indians are reportedly safe,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said here that a decision to evacuate Indians from Japan would be taken by the Indian ambassador in Tokyo.

“Our ambassador in Japan has been in touch with the Indian community there…depending upon the situation there, the government will do everything possible…If it becomes absolutely necessary, we can evacuate them,” Krishna told reporters here Wednesday.

He said a final decision will depend on the “value judgment” of both the Indian community and the ambassador.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on her twitter account that while no evacuation decision has been taken pending the assessment of ambassador, Air India had agreed to provide more seats on Tokyo sector for persons wishing to leave.

Indian Ambassador Aloke Prasad met representatives of the Indian community in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The Indian community in Japan is 25,000 strong.

“They (rescued Indians) have not faced any danger of radiation. They were in the areas struck with the tsunami and were taken to different evacuation camps. We were able to get in touch with all of them, move them to a hotel for a day and then move them to Tokyo,” Prasad told CNN-IBN TV channel.

Thousands have died since a magnitude-9 earthquake shook Japan March 11 and triggered off a devastating tsunami.

A helpline has been set up for the Indian community in Japan.

The helpline numbers are (011) 2301 5300, 2301 2113, 2301 4104, 2301 8179. The Indian embassy in Tokyo can be reached on 0081-332622391-97.

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