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Watch: Radioactive leak at Delhi cargo terminal with limits, flight operations normal

BARC, NDRF Officers Have Cleared The Delhi IGI Airport As There Is No Anticipation Of Any Harm Because There Is No Radioactive Leakage Is Within Permissible Limits.

PTI | Updated on: 09 Oct 2016, 03:09:45 PM

New Delhi:

BARC, NDRF officers have cleared the Delhi IGI airport as there is no anticipation of any harm because there is no radioactive leakage is within permissible limits. 

"An inadvertently radiological emergency message was conveyed. A nuclear  medicine Molibdenum 99 was being brought from Air France flight on behalf of BL Kapoor Hospital, Pusa Road, the DM of New Delhi told media on Sunday afternoon.

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, he said. 

"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," DM said. 

Earlier, a suspected radioactive leak was reported from a medical shipment at cargo terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, following which authorities cordoned off the area.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) rushed its team to the spot.

“A call was received from the airport around 10.45 AM regarding suspected radioactive leak from medical equipment,” said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer.

He said the equipment has come from Air France plane and was kept at the cargo terminal.

The entire area has been cordoned off and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also been informed about the incident, Garg said.


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First Published : 09 Oct 2016, 12:41:00 PM