30 Indians in Tanida shifted to hotel: sources

New Delhi: As many as 30 Indians in Tanida, one of the Tsunami-hit areas in Japan, have been shifted to a hotel, according to official information reaching here.

"30 Indians in Tanida, centre of Tsunami area, Japan found safe in the rehabilitation camp being shifted to hotel, according to our Ambassador there," official sources told PTI here.

There are approximately 25,000 strong Indian community in Japan, concentrated in the Kanto and Kansai regions.

Meanwhile, India is sending woolen blankets in the first plane-load of assistance.

"India sending wool good quality blankets for the people of Sendai and others affected by Japan quake. 1st plane load being readied," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said.

She also tweeted "discussed this with Jap (Japanese) Amb (Ambassador) in Delhi and we felt this was a most useful and needed item given cold weather conditions in affected areas."

MEA officials also said that governments of Haryana and Punjab are also helping to procure large quantity of woolen blankets as the weather is very cold there.

Rao is in constant touch with Indian embassy officials and also Japanese officials here regarding their requirements.

"All possible help will be extended immediately," they said.

Japan was hit by one of the worst-ever earthquake causing giant Tsunami waves on Friday and according to some news-media estimates, the death toll ranged between 1,300 and 1,700, and the total could rise sharply.

In the port town of Minamisanriku, nearly 10,000 people were unaccounted for, according to the public broadcaster NHK.