Chernobyl: Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

ven after the last person who was alive on the day of the explosion dies, other deaths may be attributable to Chernobyl because of the radiation fallout that has entered the food chain

FP Staff April 26, 2016 16:31:28 IST
Chernobyl: Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on
Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

A doll lies among children's beds standing in the abandoned kindergarten of Kopachi village located inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on 29 September 2015 near Chornobyl, Ukraine. Kopachi, a village that before 1986 had a population of 1,114, lies only a few kilometers south of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where in 1986 workers inadvertantly caused reactor number four to explode, creating the worst nuclear accident in history. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

Ivan Shamyanok, 90, drinks tea in his house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus .Shamyanok says the secret to a long life is not leaving your birthplace even when it is a Belarusian village poisoned with radioactive fallout from a nuclear disaster. Shamyanok and his nephew are the only ones living in the village. Image courtesy: Reuters 

Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

A sign showing the names of people who used to live in the apartment block are seen in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. The town of Pripyat, deserted since the 1986 catastrophe, once housed 30,000 people, the majority workers from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Days after the catastrophe the inhabitants were relocated to other locations in the Soviet Union. The town of Pripyat has remained uninhabited since the disaster. Image courtesy: Getty Images 

Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

Toys and a gas mask lay in dust in an abandoned pre-school in the deserted Pripyat in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Priypyat and the surrounding area will not be safe for human habitation for several centuries. Scientists estimate that the most dangerous radioactive elements will take up to 900 years to decay sufficiently to render the area safe. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

Small dosimeters that measure radiation dosage and used by emergency workers following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster lie scattered on the ground outside in Pripyat, Ukraine. Pripyat, built in the 1970s as a model Soviet city to house the workers and families of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, now stands abandoned inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a restricted zone contaminated by radiation from the 1986 meltdown of reactor number four at the nearby Chernobyl plant in the world's worst civilian nuclear accident that spewed radiaoactive fallout across the globe. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Chernobyl Of Abandoned towns and lives that are still at risk 30 years on

Five-year-old Alek Zhloba, who suffers from leukaemia, is held by his doctor in the children's cancer ward of the Gomel Regional Hospital, in Belarus. There are tracks from medical procedures on his head. Much of the nuclear fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster fell on Belarus. Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in Ukraine, spreading radioactive material across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Image courtesy: AP 

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