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IAEA assists Lebanon with technical expertise, equipment after Beirut blast

Sep 15

IAEA assists Lebanon with technical expertise, equipment after Beirut blast

Earlier, the IAEA acted to help Lebanon in other ways, including in the areas of health, as many hospitals were damaged in the explosion.

“Following the devastating explosion at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon, the Agency took swift action to help respond to the country’s immediate needs,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. “An IAEA assistance mission, with the involvement of experts from Member States, will provide support with radiation surveying, sampling and analysis and advise on any potential radiation hazards.”

During the week-long mission starting today, the IAEA team, comprised of four experts from Denmark and France as well as four IAEA staff members, will measure radiation levels at a number of locations in Beirut. The experts will also assess the impact of the explosion on the safety and security of radioactive material and sources in hospitals, scrapyards and the port. The IAEA will donate handheld radiation detection equipment to the authorities and training will also be carried out.

Additionally, samples of food, seawater, soil and building material collected by Lebanese authorities will be analysed in laboratories in France and Switzerland.

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