Japan nuclear disaster: Pakistani experts will join efforts to contain damage

Published: March 20, 2011

The skelton of a house, which was damaged by a tsunami, stands in the orange sky of sunset at Higashimatsushima city in Miyagi prefecture on March 19, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan is to join international efforts aimed at overcoming Japan’s nuclear crisis, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Islamabad took the decision to assist Japan after a formal request by Tokyo and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) earlier this week, an official said.

He added that Islamabad will soon send teams of nuclear experts to join the international efforts to control the nuclear disaster that has alarmed the entire world in terms of global nuclear safety.

The decision to extend assistance to Japan to control the increasing damage and radiation effects spreading currently from four, and potentially six nuclear reactors, comes after closely monitoring the crisis, an official said.

He said that although Japan has reported that radioactivity at its crippled reactors has reached sixth level, experts in Islamabad suspect that it has already touched the seventh of a total of nine alert levels.

The Pakistani experts will work with IAEA’s emergency response network center and will provide equipment and manpower to help monitor radiation levels. The experts will also help analyse possible solutions in reducing the radiation levels in the activity zones.

Pakistan’s assistance would be critical in this regard and in cooling down the six electricity generating power plants. The experts will also join efforts to detect sources of radio activity, the official said.

Ensuring safety of the Japanese civilian population and devising evacuation strategies would also be among the major tasks for the rescue teams that Pakistani experts will join.

Pakistan is a signatory to the Convention on Assistance in Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency and a registered member of Response Assistance Network (Ranet) and IAEA. Ranet is designed to provide a compatible and integrated system for the provision of international assistance to minimise the actual or potential radiological consequences of an emergency for health, environment and property.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:32PM

    They should also take buckets for throwing water on the containment chambers. What a joke? Pakistanis don’t have a clue about these reactors and have no experience of handling mishaps of such magnitude. They are going for a joy ride rather than offering any assistance. Recommend

  • Atif
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:57PM

    @Billo: lol indian get a life. start doing somethig other than commenting on pakistani paprsRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Be aware, we might as well steal some reaction formula. Recommend

  • Shazada Zahid Malik Loan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:51AM

    It is important that the world expertise is brought to bear on the nuclear reactors and help our Japanese brothers and sister.Recommend

  • rd
    Mar 22, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Pakistan will send some Taliban supporters there and they will try to blast remain reactors…lol PakRecommend

  • Ajay
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:09AM

    After Pakistan’s scientists return from Japan, we will be reading reports in newspapers about the creative ideas and effective solutions given by the experts from Pakistan.

    Just don’t recommend throwing in more water.Recommend

  • Jam
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:58AM

    @Anonymous:

    I bet an Indian wrote this! your not that anonymous. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Billo Please take ur trolling some where else.
    total waste of space and MindRecommend

  • bhutta
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:54PM

    Pakistani Scientists are one of the best in the world.

    Indian are child still as compare to Pakistani Scientists.

    We have proud on pakistani to help the agrrieved Japani brothers.

    Indian can’t go to the level of Pakistani Scientists even they birth once

    again. Recommend

  • Someone
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:04PM

    @Billoo Bhaya…..
    Get a life. Look at ur country, its full of poverty people cant even have access to a toilet there. And you wanna talk about nuclear disaster here…its ok if Japan doesnt want Indian scientistsRecommend

  • arshad
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:14PM

    @bhutta: Big Joke, Pakistani scientist are working as helpers in china nuclear plant and you think they are the best in world. You people are getting everything readymade from international market. Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 4:14AM

    I think everybody should appreiate if anyone can help Japan. If India have experts they should go and help them. Because Japan is a BIG country who give donations to poor countries like INDIA.Recommend

  • sadafsar
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:21PM

    Mr. Billoo Don’t mess all these, but pray for our japanese brothers and also appreciate people who are working with japanese in this disaster. If u can’t go there to help them then at least appreciate those who are doing so.Recommend

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