Canadian Medical Assistance Team flees Japan

Concerns over high radiation levels proved too much for The Canadian Medical Assistance Team (CMAT) stationed in Japan. CMAT was evacuating the area this morning, fearing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power station.

Emergency operations at the plant have currently been suspended. To make matters worse, another fire broke out in the outer portion of no. 4’s reactor unit’s containment vessel.

CMAT explained on its website, “the team is not sufficiently equipped to assist in the event of a nuclear emergency, and will be departing Japan at 17:50 local time.”

A representative from CMAT expressed concern for Japan, but said it was too “unstable” for the team to remain in the country, Global news reports. “This is all very frustrating,” CMAT’s website states.

The team, including three paramedics, arrived in Japan on Monday with plans to provide support in Sendai, within the Miyagi prefecture.

CMAT continues to monitor the situation, and hopes to return to Japan at the next safest opportunity. Team members have requested refuge in Vancouver, instead of staying in Tokyo while waiting for redeployment.

The assistance team is urgently requesting donations for NOMAD water purification units so they can be immediately shipped out.

CMAT is not alone in jumping ship. As the nuclear crisis escalates, anxious foreigners are rushing to buy last-minute plane tickets. International Business Times reports that thousands of immigrants are applying for re-entry to their country of origin. Today alone, almost 5,000 people filed for permits at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.

A lack of information has unsettled both citizens and foreigners in the country, leaving everyone unable to decipher rumour from fact, says The Washington Post

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