MFA: 3rd Press Release on 14th March 2011

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The following press release has been issued Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 14th March 2011.

Please continue to visit the embassy website http://www.mfa.gov.sg/tokyo/ regularly for updates.


14/03/2011

MFA Spokesman’s Comments in responses to media queries on the situation in Japan

In response to media queries on the situation in Japan, the MFA spokesman said:

The situation in the areas most affected by the earthquake of 11 March 2011 continues to be fluid. The Japan Metropolitan Agency announced on 13 March that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake in the same region as the magnitude 9.0 earthquake within the next 3 days. This may trigger another tsunami and aftershocks of over magnitude 6.0. We are also monitoring closely reports from the Fukushima nuclear facility. Japanese authorities have confirmed that the situation remains serious but stressed that they have the situation under control.

In view of the current situation, we would strongly urge Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to Japan. Singaporeans who cannot avoid travelling to Japan at this time are strongly advised to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/. This will enable the Ministry and our Embassy in Tokyo to contact them and render them the necessary consular assistance in case of emergencies.

Singaporeans who are in Japan should continue to avoid areas that are affected by the earthquake and tsunami [Fukushima, Miyagi, Aomori, Iwate, Yamagata and Ibaraki Prefectures and surrounding districts] as there continues to be many disruptions on the ground. They should be prepared to face significant inconveniences in their travel in Japan, take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, monitor the local news diligently and take heed of the Japanese government’s advice and guidance. If they have any concerns about their personal safety, they should consider moving to a safer location. Singaporeans wishing to leave Japan should monitor closely the situation, check with local authorities as the main access roads to airports may be closed and trains may not be running on schedule, and reconfirm their flights with the relevant airlines.

We will render the necessary consular assistance to affected Singaporeans. If assistance is required, Singaporeans should contact the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo or the MFA Duty Officer (24hrs) at:

Singapore Embassy in Tokyo
Tel: +81 90 3208 4122 / +81 90 2435 5543
Email: singemb_tyo@sgmfa.gov.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +65 6379 8800/ +65 6379 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SINGAPORE
14 MARCH 2011