IGI Airport on alert after detection of suspected radioactive material leak

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| Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 14:41
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New Delhi: Authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were alerted on Sunday after a suspected radioactive material leak from cargo was detected.

The leakage took place at the Terminal 3 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The leaked material has been confirmed as medicinal in nature.

 

 

NDMA and NDRF teams are at the spot assessing the situation. The personnel have cordoned off the area. Seven fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. 

 

 

According to the Delhi Fire Services, the complaint was received from the authorities of the IGI-T3 around 10.40 a.m.
 
"We received a complaint from the airport authorities that Molybdenum-99 has got leaked from the cargo of some aircraft. The element though is not exactly a radioactive element, but has some of its properties. It is also used in many medical procedures. We have sent seven fire tenders and the situation is under control," a senior fire official told reporters.
 
 

 

However, there was no information from the Delhi Airport Authority Limited on the incident.

With reports of possible terror attacks around sensitive locations in the country, security has been beefed up everywhere to counter any terror attacks. The famed Taj Mahal is also seeing heavy deployment of security personnel after threats. 

(With inputs from IANS) 

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