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The team starts from its camp in Sendai at seven in the morning, reaches Onagawa town about two hours later, works from 9 to 12, then takes a one-hour lunch break and works again till four in the afternoon before returning to their camp.
|Members of the National Disaster Response Force from India search through the rubble for missing people in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 2, 2011. It is the first time India's NDRF, whose 46-member rescue team arrived in Japan on March 28, is engaged in an overseas mission. (Kyodo) Source: Kyodo News|
Apart from bodies, the Indian team has fished out a large amount of currency notes — between 25 and 30 lakh yen — and jewellery, which it has handed over to the local authorities.
Avasthy said what has been most satisfying is the appreciation of the local people and the authorities. Local media has gratefully acknowledged their role and the Indian team has already featured in two of the biggest newspapers in Japan — Daily Yomiuri and Japan Times.
In view of their good work, the Japanese government has now requested that the tenure of the NDRF team — only 10 days — be extended by at least another 10 days. India has readily agreed.
Anything I start to write on this news sounds unbearably sappy so I'm just going to leave it at that. I hope my readers understand this moment of silence is my comment.