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‘Deeply Concerned’ After Losing Contact With Chernobyl Nuclear Data Systems, Says IAEA

New Delhi: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that it has lost contact with remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, CNN reported.

The plant was taken over by Russian forces last month.

According to the IAED, the Chernobyl site is not currently operational and handling of nuclear material has been halted. The facility holds decommissioned reactors as well as radioactive waste facilities. Ukraine’s regulatory authority told IAEA that it could only communicate with the plant via e-mail.

“The Agency is looking into the status of safeguards monitoring systems in other locations in Ukraine and will provide information soon,” The IAEA said in a statement.