Moldova stocks radiation pills against possible leakage from nuclear power plant in Ukraine

While conflicts intensified near Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, where Russia took control in Ukraine, neighboring country Moldova imported one million iodine pills against possible radiation leakage.

In Moldova, which has a population of approximately 2.5 million, the government has urged citizens not to panic and promised to supply enough iodine pills against possible radiation leakage.

The Moldovan National Public Health Agency announced that these pills will be distributed to emergency workers first in the event of a nuclear disaster.

The Moldovan Environment Agency guarantees that the radiation level is constantly measured.

The first batch of iodine pills against radiation leakage to Moldova, which has a border with Ukraine and is only 480 kilometers away from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, arrived in Romania as a grant.

In March, the European Union decided to stockpile protective equipment and necessary medicines in bulk in case of a nuclear disaster.

A survey conducted in March revealed that 20 EU member states had sufficient stocks of iodine pills before the Ukraine war.

It is known that those who reside or work in areas up to 20 kilometers from nuclear facilities in EU members are required to have these pills.

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in the southeast of Ukraine is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

The power plant, which has 6 nuclear reactors and has an electricity production capacity of 5,700 megawatt-hours, provides 20 percent of the total electricity in Ukraine.

The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant was captured by the Russians on March 4. Air strikes are taking place around the plant, which is currently under the control of the Russian army. Ukraine and Russia blame each other for these attacks.

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