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Radiation makes Mayapuri unsafe says Greenpeace
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS):
Published on 15 May. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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West Delhi’s Mayapuri area is “not a safe zone for human beings”, environment body Greenpeace said Friday after a visit to the scrapyard where a person died after exposure to radiation last month.
“The investigation has identified hotspots with more than 5,000 times natural background radiation,” a Greenpeace expert said after the team’s visit.
“A team investigated the shop and its surrounding areas in Mayapuri in which the first radiation leak took place.
Two radiation experts, Stan Vincent from Belgium and Jan Vande Putte from UK, also accompanied our team and investigated the area. “With three radioactive detectors machines we found out that radiation exposure is still high in the area,” a Greenpeace spokesperson told IANS.
The government had earlier given a clean chit to the scrapyard. Greenpeace has shared the information with local residents and the concerned authorities.
“Only 37 people have been scanned for radiation exposure in the area, which is not enough. Residents of the entire area should be scanned for radiation exposure.
Mayapuri area is not a safe zone for human beings to reside in as it still has a high-level of radiation exposure,” the spokesperson said. Police had said the source of the leak last month was a radioactive gamma cell containing Cobalt 60 that was auctioned as scrap by Delhi University’s chemistry department two months ago. Six people exposed to the radioactive Cobalt 60 are still in hospital.
Victims recovering in army hospital
The two people, who were taken ill after an accidental radiation exposure to nuclear waste at a Delhi scrap market last month, are recovering well in an army hospital and would be discharged, an official said Friday. “Their condition is clinically stable and free of any infection or bleeding... (They will be) released from the hospital in a day or two,” Lt. Gen. Naresh Kumar said,
Kumar is the commandant of the army’s Research and Referral hospital in the national capital where Deepak Jain, 32, and Ajay Jain, 40, were admitted last month with low blood counts due to bone marrow suppression following exposure to Cobalt-60 at a scrap shop in Mayapuri of the city.
“Ajay Jain’s wound is healing well. Doctors will continue to closely monitor the condition of the two patients,” he said.
“Volunteer donors having 100 percent matching Human Lymphocyte Antigen (HLA) have been kept on standby for bone marrow transplant if their condition worsens,” Kumar added.

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