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Swedish search- and rescue expert to Japan

Updated söndag 13 mars 2011 kl 14.40
Published lördag 12 mars 2011 kl 12.10
Explosions at the nuclear power plant Fukushima, some 250 km north of Tokyo. Photo: BBC World News.

A Swedish search- and rescue expert left Sweden on Sunday, to join a 6 man strong UN-team which will help out in the rescue operation in Japan, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency reports.

The agency has mobilised "a number" of experts from their pool of staff, who are now on stand-by, should the UN call for it.

Significantly bigger aid contributions could be necessary, and on Saturday local Swedish Radio reported that staff at Örebro airport, which is close to the Civil Contingencies Agency's warehouse, is preparing themselves for extra work, should the request for help come.

On Saturday, the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Hungary, told Swedish Radio News: "Of course we are all prepared to give the help that we can to Japan. It does depend on what happens on the nuclear side, at the moment we know very little about it. But Japan has very well functioning authorities in this area, and we do have a well functioning international co-operation, so essentially this should work."

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