September 2, 1992 |
It was about three years ago in this ramshackle Siberian farming and mink-breeding town that the Yellow Children began to appear. After hospital treatment, the jaundice that turns some newborns here a dull yellow eventually disappears. But it is not their only problem, for these infants also show signs of congenital defects in their nervous system and organs. They begin to walk later than other children, are oddly silent and have a vocabulary that remains infantile far too long, doctors say.
March 26, 1992 |
One day after radioactive steam spurted from a nuclear reactor, officials in St. Petersburg said Wednesday that there was no danger to people or the environment, but some said the accident revealed how vulnerable their city would be in a true emergency. "It is good that the danger has passed us, but if the accident had been more serious, the city would have demonstrated its total inability to cope," the chairman of St. Petersburg City Council's ecology committee, Igor Y.