Berlin - 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, the medical organization "" (IPPNW) has called on the federal government to work for speedy shutdown and decommissioning of nuclear reactors in Europe.
In the early hours of the 26th April 1986, reactor 4 of the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Radioactive clouds spread across Europe in the following weeks. In Germany, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg were particularly affected.
The best-known consequence of the worst-case scenario is the massive increase in thyroid cancer cases - especially in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, but to lesser extent in all other radioactively contaminated regions of Europe, reports the doctors' organization. However, the focus on thyroid cancer has led to other Chernobyl consequences being pushed out of the public consciousness: For example, the clean-up workers and residents of the heavily contaminated areas have significantly increased rates of leukemia and lymphomas as well as malignancies of the prostate, the skin, the Kidneys, the intestines and the female breast.
The IAEA, whose statutory goal is the promotion of civilian nuclear energy, assumes collective dose of 55,000 Sieverts - enough, according to the IPPNW, to around 5,000 to 19,000 additional cancer cases to cause. However, Soviet authorities gave collective dose of 2.4 million Sieverts for the whole of Europe - with the result of around 216,000 to 842,000 additional cancers, around half of which were fatal. “The actual dose will range between these two estimates,” reports IPPNW.