: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine firefighters battle fire near Chernobyl, with radiation 16 times higher than normal


Firefighters in the Chernobyl exclusion zone of northern Ukraine on Monday entered their third day of battling a forest fire in the area, still contaminated with radiation from the nuclear power plant disaster more than three decades ago.Radiation in the area was 16 times higher than normal background levels, a senior environmental official, Egor Firsov, said in a statement. But radiation levels in the capital, Kiev, about 100km away, were within norms.About 25 hectares of forestland within the… …read more

Source:: South China Morning Post

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