Radioactive leak at Delhi airport, NDRF says nothing to panic

Radio active leak: Operations have resumed at the airport. The leak was from medical equipment.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2016 6:01 pm
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Government on Sunday said the emission from a medical shipment at cargo terminal of IGI Airport here was within permissible limit and did not fall in the category of radioactive leakage.

“Officers from BARC and NDRF have cleared at 1355 hrs that there is no anticipation of any harm because there is no radioactive leakage,” senior government officials said.

They said the emission “is within permissible limits”.

A regular consignment of 16 packets of material for cancer treatment arrived by Air France AF 226 last night at 2230 hrs, officials noted.

They further added that consignee is Dhiti Biotech India Pvt Ltd. while the consigner is CISBIO International and 10 packages were picked up by ground handling agency CELEBI.

In a statement, District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said that “an inadvertently wrong radiological emergency message was conveyed”.

“A nuclear medicine Molibdenum 99 was being brought from Air France flight on behalf of B L Kapoor Hospital, Pusa Road. The quantity of radiation emitted from the nuclear medicine is below 1 mill rongen (measurement of radiation).

“There is no beta radiation in the surrounding areas and there is no leakage. Hence it cannot be termed as an emergency. A final call has thus been taken and the Radiological Emergency has been called off at 01.55 PM,” he said.

 

In a statement issued, District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said: “An inadvertently wrong radiological emergency message was conveyed. A nuclear medicine Molibdenum 99 was being brought from Air France flight on behalf of B L Kapoor Hospital, Pusa Road. The quantity of radiation emitted from the nuclear medicine is below 1 mill rongen (measurement of radiation). There is no beta radiation in the surrounding areas and there is no leakage. Hence it cannot be termed as an emergency. A final call has thus been taken and the Radiological Emergency has been called off at 01.55 pm.”

“A PCR call regarding leakage of radio active material at T3 cargo was reported at 10.25 am.

“No injury to any human has been reported so far. NDRF has confirmed that radioactivity was within the permissible limits.”

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board officials were also rushed to the Delhi airport.

Normal operations at the airport have resumed.

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