Chernobyl still affecting millions
Published 19/02/2012 | 05:00
Madam -- The article, 'Our judgement was distorted by Chernobyl tales' (Sunday Independent, February 12, 2012), does a grave disservice to the victims and survivors of Chernobyl and puts the burden of proof of radiation-related illnesses on the victims.
Far from being relegated to 'history', the accident continues to affect millions who live with the social, economic and medical deprivation.
The US National Academy of Sciences states that most cancers resulting from radiation exposure do not develop in some cases for up to 50 years after exposure. The State-appointed Belarusian Chernobyl Committee predicts 15,000 new thyroid cases in the region in the next five decades. There has been a 2,400 per cent increase in rates of thyroid cancer in Belarus alone, according to the World Health Organisation.