Norbert G. Suchanek, director of the International Uranium Film Festival, on Saturday called for increased awareness among the people on nuclear issues. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day Travelling International Uranium Film Festival organised by the Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) here.
Mr. Suchanek said the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which took place in the erstwhile Soviet Union in April 1986, were felt as far as Germany and Austria. The forests in parts of Germany and Austria had been affected by the rain which came from clouds having radioactive particles. People in these areas could not eat either mushroom or deer meat because of fear of radioactive contamination.
This position was likely to continue for another 200 years. Soon after the Chernobyl disaster, there was an outcry against nuclear power. But after a few years, everybody forgot about it and production of nuclear energy continued, he said.