Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent medical teams to operate mobile clinics and conduct needs assessments in Japan.
"In terms of the nuclear issue, our team on the ground will follow the directions of the national government, and are staying more than 30 kilometres away from the power plants currently at risk," an MSF spokesperson told AlertNet.
"They are currently working in an area 100 kilometres north of the damaged plant. We are taking precautions to protect our staff in the field and are planning evacuation routes in case the situation deteriorates"
MSF, which operates in 60 countries, does not issue appeals for donations for specific emergencies.
"MSF would not have been able to act so swiftly in response to the emergency in Haiti, as an example, if not for the ongoing general support from our donors," the group said in a statement,
"We always ask our supporters to consider making an unrestricted contribution.
"We greatly appreciate your generosity and encourage your support of our work. We will continue to post updates on our homepage www.doctorswithoutborders.org
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