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IAEA notices Delhi radiation leak

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international watchdog monitoring any nuclear proliferation activity, breach of security or nuclear accidents has taken notice of the radiation leak in a New Delhi locality that has already claimed one life.

IAEA spokesman Marc Vridricaire said that the Agency has become aware “of the possibility of a serious radiation emergency at Mayapuri in New Delhi” through media reports on 9 April when a Delhi Hospital announced admission of at least nine persons showing acute symptoms of exposure to nuclear radiation. As a result the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Center “has contacted India’s Department of Atomic Energy to request information and offer help, the spokesman said. The Indian department of Atomic Energy had “confirmed the initial event” and the Indian authorities had notified the IAEA that “multiple Cobalt-60 sources had been located and secured”, he added. Cobalt–60 is categorized as a radioactive source that can cause permanent injury to a person handling the material even for a short time.

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