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Today, on learning about the devastating earthquake of 8.4 on Richter scale in Japan, which resulted into huge Tsunami and alert has been issued for 19 countries of Pacific Ocean, Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Narendra Modi expressed his deep sorrow and conveyed his support to the people affected by the earthquake and Tsunami. He spoke to Mr. Akitaki Saiki, His Excellency Ambassador Designate of Japan to India. He also expressed his sympathy as well as support to the Government and the people of Japan. He mourned the loss of lives in such a natural calamity. On behalf of the People of the State, he also conveyed deep condolences to the families, which have lost lives. He also conveyed his deep sorrow and condolences to Mr. Naoto Kan, His Excellency the Prime Minister of Japan.

Japan is a partner country in the development of Gujarat. State has close relations with the Government and people of Japan. Gujarat has experienced devastating earthquake on 26th January 2001 and has faced the consequences of the nature's fury. Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi also emphasized that State Government and people of Gujarat are ready to render any assistance to people of Japan in this hour of tragedy. In the last one decade, Gujarat has developed expertise in handling such natural calamities.

Mr. Narendra Modi also expressed his solidarity with the Indian nationals living in Japan. He offered his support and help, especially to the people of Gujarat living in Japan. He instructed Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat, based at New Delhi, to coordinate with the Government of India as well as the Embassy of Japan to render any assistance required.

Since other island countries in the Pacific Ocean are also affected by the Tsunami, he directed Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat to get in touch with other countries and offer assistance, if required. He also asked Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), set up after devastating earthquake of 26th January, 2001, to be in readiness and provide any assistance sought render assistance and support to the affected countries. As always, Gujarat will be there with the people of Japan as well as other countries of Pacific Ocean in this hour of crisis.

Commissionerate of Information, Gujarat

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