Kuwait says no radiation leakage at airport

Kuwait: The Kuwaiti health ministry has confirmed that no radiation leakage was detected at the Kuwait International Airport after the accidental leakage of four containers of radioactive materials during transportation.

Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Majeda Al-Qattan said that the ministry received a call from the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate saying that four containers of radioactive iodine, imported for the ministry’s Nuclear Medicine Department, fell during transportation from a cargo plane to warehouses.

In response, a radioactive materials inspection team was rushed to the scene. It examined the containers, taking samples from the surrounding area to gauge the level of radiation.

The radiation measurement showed that there was no leakage at all from any of the containers, it added.