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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Lithuanians Urged to Stockpile Food after Nuclear Reactor Incident in Belarus

Lithuanian citizens were told to stock up on food in case of an incident at the nearby nuclear power facility in Belarus.

Lithuanian citizens were told to stock up on food in case of an incident at the nearby nuclear power facility in Belarus.

The Astravets nuclear power plant located in nearby Belarus stopped ceased power generation after voltage transformers had reportedly exploded. After repairs were made, the plant resumed energy production after a few weeks.

Despite resuming operations, Ecohome (Ekodom),an anti-nuclear NGO in Belarus,  reported that the cooling system of the first reactor had been damaged during hydraulic tests on the first reactor.

The energy ministry of Belarus admitted that they needed to fix the steam covers of the emergency cooling system which raised concern for Lithuanians who are just 30 miles away from the plant.

“We recommend that the population create a stock of essential products for three days,” announced Mindaugas Bajarūnas, the head of strategic communications at the country’s Ministry of the Interior on national radio.

Bajarunas explained that stockpiling would help buy some time between a possible accident and the arrival of government help.

“The functions of all responsible authorities are clearly defined, but it will take some time until they come to help people, so everyone should be ready,” said Bajarunas.

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