TOKYO: A survivor of the Chernobyl disaster says people exposed to radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant will spend the rest of their lives fearing the “bombshell” of cancer and other dire illnesses.
Today (Tuesday, April 26, 2011) marks the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear calamity and coincides with efforts to stop radiation seeping from the Fukushima plant after its cooling systems were knocked out by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
“The Fukushima accident is like the twin brother of Chernobyl,” said Pavel Vdovichenko, 59, who had already accepted an invitation from Japanese anti-nuclear groups to join a rally marking a quarter-century since Chernobyl.
“People in the two places have to suffer long-time hardship,” Vdovichenko, a Russian, told AFP through an interpreter. “People in Chernobyl suffered from cancer after the accident. A similar thing may happen to Fukushima.”
Waiting to see over the coming months and years if their health has been compromised is like living “with a bombshell waiting to explode” for people who lived close to the ageing Fukushima Daiichi plant, he said.