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Radioactive leak at Delhi airport within permissible limits, emergency called off

The radiological  emergency alarm at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport that was triggered after a suspected leak was reported in the cargo area.

Published: 10th October 2016 04:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2016 06:44 AM   |  A+A-

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Police Security at Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The radiological  emergency alarm at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport that was triggered after a suspected leak was reported in the cargo area, was withdrawn after three hours, as radioactivity from the shipment carrying material for cancer treatment was within permissible limits.

The Centre in a statement said that there is no anticipation of any harm because there is no radioactive leakage as the emission is well within the permissible limits. “A regular consignment of 16 packets of material for treatment of cancer had arrived by Air France AF 226 on Saturday at 10.30 pm,” the Centre informed.

The government said that the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials had cleared the package by Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, an emergency response was activated following the suspected leak with teams from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), BARC and NDRF along with a medical team rushing to the airport’s cargo terminal.

The NDRF team sanitised the area and got the cargo complex vacated. “Radiation level at varied distances from the source was marked and the suspect consignment were isolated,” added the official.

In a statement, District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said, “An inadvertently wrong radiological emergency message was conveyed... A nuclear medicine Molybdenum 99 was being brought on the Air France flight on behalf of B L Kapoor Hospital, Pusa Road,” he said.

“There is nothing to panic and there is no effect on the passenger area,” the NDRF said in a statement.



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