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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 06.30 GMT

Radiation checks for returnees


Sri Lankans returning from Japan can undergo a complete check for radiation if they wish to do so, Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) said.

A hotline (011 2547332) was in place at the AEA round the clock for passengers to obtain more information and make requests for body checks.

“No one should panic as it will take another three to four weeks passing winds, clouds or air from the contaminated region to cross over Sri Lanka. But It is advisable for any Sri Lankan or even a tourist to get an Exposure Monitoring if he or she is coming from North-East Japan ,” AEA chairman Prof. Wimaladharma Abeywickrama said.

Prof. Abeywickrama stressed that passengers will not be subjected to compulsory monitoring.

The Ministry of External Affairs continues to be in close contact with the Sri Lanka Mission in Tokyo, with a view to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Sri Lankans in Japan.

The Ministry has established an Information Desk which can be contacted on 011 4719593/011 5743362/ 0772267929 (24 hours). Inquiries could also be made to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Tokyo on Tel: 0081 334406911/2.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Airlines said it will operate a special flight from Tokyo's Narita airport from yesterday (March 17th) to provide passage for Sri Lankans in Japan.

The airline said flight UL1423 will depart Tokyo at 1630 hours on March 17 and arrive in Colombo at 0015 hours on March 18.







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