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Sunamganj radiation: a�?still not cause for alarma��

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Live Correspondent: Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) has said radiation-level measured at the backswamps of Sunamganj is not alarming.

On Sunday, when a BAEC team led by Member Dilip Kumar Saha recorded the radiation level at the Dekhar Haor in Sadar Upazila and the Karchar Haor in Biswamvarpur Upazilas, they found no traces of radiation caused by uranium exposure to the water body.

a�?The radiation-level quite below the normal,a�? Saha, said.

a�?The regular level of radiation stands at 0.20 whereas their radiation survey meter measured 0.09,a�? he added.

Earlier in April, flash floods and heavy rains caused inundated crops in haors of Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Moulvibazar, Sylhet and Habiganj districts.

Just after that, fishes and ducks started to die after the water got contaminated.

Many media reports, citing concerns of experts and locals, said that fishes and birds might have died due to radiation caused from open pit uranium mines in the Indian state of Meghayala across the border in Sunamganj.

The three-member BAEC team, which includes Chief Scientific Officer Debashish Pal and the head of its Chemical Analysis wing Bilkis Ara Begum have collected samples of dead fish birds, flora and sediments from several locations.

The cause of deaths will be known after they run tests on those in Dhaka.

Dhaka, 23 April, (campuslive24.com) //AM


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