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Many applications in modern distribution management systems (DMS) need the support of robust and reliable radial power flow analysis. In this connection, although radial power flow solution algorithms are widely proposed in the literature, their application is often complicated by the presence of uncertainties affecting the distribution network operation. The effect of these uncertainties could affect the power flow solution to a considerable extent. A comprehensive tolerance analysis is therefore required in order to incorporate the effect of data uncertainties into power flow analysis. To address this problem, in this paper the employment of interval constraint propagation (ICP) is proposed. ICP is an effective technique for refining enclosures to solutions of nonlinear systems of equations by merging interval mathematic and constraint propagation techniques. Several numerical results are presented and discussed in order to assess the effectiveness of the proposed methodology as an alternative to sampling-based technique, in radial power flow analysis.