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Air Force reservists possibly exposed to Agent Orange from planes

first_img Read Full Story Between 1,500 and 2,100 U.S. Air Force reservists who trained and worked on C-123 cargo planes that were used during the Vietnam War to spread the toxic defoliant Agent Orange may have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chemical, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.The IOM’s findings may influence how the Veterans Administration handles health and disability claims from the reservists, who worked on the planes between 1972 and 1982.“Levels at the time of their exposure would have been at least as high as the taken measurements, and quite possibly, considerably higher,” said Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and chairman of the IOM committee that produced the report, in a Jan. 9, 2015 Associated Press article.last_img read more


Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

first_imgTopics : In the western Indian state of Gujarat, 14 people have died in the last two days in various incidents related to heavy rains and flooding, said officials at the State Emergency Response Centre.Rains in Gujarat are 10% higher than the long-period average, according to the local government. The state’s desert area of Kutch received rainfall that was 3-1/2 times higher than the average.More heavy to very heavy rains are expected in several parts of the state over the next two days, according to the India Meteorological Department.In Odisha state to the east, floods have killed at least 17 people in the past week, displaced thousands and affected more than half a million people, officials said. A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.Ten people, including four children, were killed after a landslide buried five houses in remote west Nepal on Sunday, a Home Ministry official said.At least 269 people have died in mostly mountainous Nepal this year in landslides and floods, while another 76 people are missing. The monsoon season that began around June in South Asia ends in September.center_img Hundreds have died in the northeastern state of Assam and neighboring Bangladesh this monsoon.last_img read more