Chernobyl's impact "not as great as feared"

The human health impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion has not been as serious as is often popularly thought, according to the most comprehensive report on the disaster's after-effects. Published on Monday by several UN agencies, the report says fewer than 50 deaths have been directly attributed to radiation exposure resulting from the accident. "By and large we have not found profound negative health impacts," lead author Burton Bennett said. Nevertheless, a further 4,000 radiation-linked deaths could yet occur, the report concluded. See World health organisation news release.

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