TITLE

Chernobyl's death toll could reach into thousands

PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
Nation's Health;Nov2005, Vol. 35 Issue 9, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on an international report from the Chernobyl Forum, which revealed that up to 4,000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. As of 2005, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the Chernobyl disaster, almost all of them highly exposed rescue workers who died within months of the accident. Explosions ruptured the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the former Soviet Union nation of Ukraine, starting a fire on April 26, 1986, that burned for 10 days, resulting in an unprecedented release of radioactive materials into the environment. The cloud from the burning reactor spread numerous types of radioactive materials, including iodine and caesium radionuclides, over much of Europe. The report estimates 1,000 on-site reactor staff and emergency workers were heavily exposed to high-level radiation on the first day of the accident, and more than 200,000 emergency and recovery operation workers were exposed from 1986-1987. Of those, an estimated 2,200 will die of radiation exposure, according to the report. The Chernobyl Forum is made up of more than 100 scientists from eight United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, as well as the governments of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
ACCESSION #
18867212

 

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