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Radioactive leak detected at Delhi’s IGI airport very, very small, says NDRF chief

A consignment of radioactive material was reportedly found from a Turkish Airlines flight which landed at the airport from Istanbul in the morning.

radioactive leak, IGI airport, Delhi IGI airport, Rajnath Singh, radioactive material, indira gandhi international airport, delhi airport, radioactive medicines, delhi news A radioactive leak was earlier detected at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. It has been plugged.

A radioactive leak, that was detected earlier today at the cargo terminal of New Delhi’s IGI airport, has been contained, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. A team of atomic energy department experts has also reached the spot, the Home Minister said.

A Turkish Airlines flight, which landed at 4:30 am from Istanbul, had supposedly carried ten packets of radioactive material, out of which four had leaked. Sources said the four packets of a yellow-coloured liquid was suspected to have spread out of its sanitised container after which a special squad of the National Disaster Response Force team was called in to check and contain it.

NDRF chief O P Singh said a special ten-member team from its base in Dwarka has been rushed to the spot and is
“sanitising” the area. “Radioactive leak is very, very small. There is nothing to panic and there is no effect on the passenger area,” Singh said. In the morning, a call was supposedly received at the Emergency Operations Centre of Delhi Disaster Management Authority regarding the leakage.

[Video below of Rajnath Singh speaking on the radioactive leak]

According to reports, the consignment contained medicines to treat cancer and was intended for delivery at Fortis Hospital in the city. The packets, containing the material, bore the markings class-II liquid and a chemical component of Sodium.

Immediately after the leak, the cargo complex was vacated by officials.

Experts say, exposure to high levels of ionising radiation can lead to unwanted health effects, including cancer. While there is no direct evidence to suggest that ionizing radiation routinely used in nuclear medicine and radiology leads to such effects, it is considered best for public safety to assume that all exposure to ionizing radiation, no matter how small, carries some small risk of unwanted health effects, including cancer.

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(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 29-05-2015 at 12:42:32 pm
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