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Monday, April 11, 2011

Nepalis exposed to "very high" to "extreme" radiation: WHO

Article from Xinhua, excerpt :

" Nepalis are being exposed to Ultraviolet radiation rated as "very high" to "extreme" by the World Health Organization, according to a first-of-its-kind study carried out in the Himalayan region.

According to Monday's The Himalayan Times daily, Ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun is known to cause skin cancer, photokeratitis - a burn of the cornea - and cataract.

Researchers from Pulchowk Engineering Campus, in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology regularly recorded radiation data for three years in stations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Lukla to come up with the conclusion."

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