Britain sends rescue team to Japan

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A British team arrived in Japan Sunday to assist local rescuers in their search for survivors from Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Foreign Office (FCO) confirmed.

Fifty-nine search and rescue experts, four medics, two sniffer dogs and 11 tonnes of equipment were on board the private charter aircraft which arrived Sunday in the crisis-hit nation.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke with his Japanese counterpart on Saturday to "discuss the latest situation and coordination with our Embassy in Tokyo," the FCO said in a statement.

"He (Hague) expressed concern about the Fukushima nuclear power station and offered UK help and expertise to the Japanese authorities if needed," the statement added.

Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the region worst hit by the double disaster.

© 2011 AFP

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