At the IAEA's initiative, a Chernobyl Forum has been launched, with the participation of international organizations from within the UN family and representatives of the three countries primarily affected by the 1986 Chernobyl accident. The Forum was established with a view to contributing to the implementation of the new United Nations strategy launched in 2002 on the Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident - A Strategy for Recovery...
This town existed only 16 yeas. It was built in 1970 especially for Chornobyl Atomic station, as a town where the service personnel would live. Now it's left by inmhabitants forever. The town is in the forest entirely. When staying there, you loose the sense of reality. As if yore just dreaming, then you'll wake up and back to reality.
But that is not a dream. This is true. Buildings lost forever among trees, toys left in the streets, or rather what remains of them.
Somehow I felt as if I was raving. It couldn't happen, it didn't have to happen.
Why?..... what did we do so terrible to be punished like that ?
When the incident happened, Prypyat calculated 50 000 inhabitants. They all were evacuated in 2 days.
On the picture there is a point of an entry to Prypyat. Grass is irradiating, we were not adviced to step on it
Standing only 100 meters away from the reactor, which still has 90% of the total amount of radiation in it.
Our guise told us: don't step on it! Moss keeps irradiation very long, perhaps the longest of plants. People should really be veru careful there. they should stap only on asphalt roads, don't go aside. These nice beautiful green friendly trees in reality keep death inside.
So be careful!
This is the bridge over Prypyat river (the town was named after it). It shows a breaathtaking view on gorgeous nature of Polissya (Polissya is the name of the region, North of Ukraine-South of Belarus) and a view on the (in)famous nuclear station.
The river carries its water into Dnipro. Who can tell now how much alpha, beta and gamma particles it gave...
Now it gives the sense of peace and calmness. Nobody is there, only a group of tourists.
In the night of April 26, 1986, Prypyat-town inhabitants heard a lowd clap and the saw a glow over the station. Who could imagine what really happened. They just wanted to see and they ran to that bridge, where the statyion was seen very well, perhaps the best.....
The sight was enchanting. Over the glow a light-violet fluorescent pillar went into the dark night sky... People were just watching... they had to ran away as far and as fast as possible but who knew....
Fondest memory: It was late spring, tiim of birds migration. Wind blew to the North. Soon over Scandinavian countries the whole flocks of dead birds started falling from the sky.... When the scientists disclosed the cause of their death, they began to signal to International Agency of Nuclear Power.
Wake up!!! Something terrible is going on. A very intensive radiation injection is going on somewhere. That's how the world learned about the little town in the North of Ukraine
This is one of the most high buildings in the dead town. It was built in mid-70ies. At that time it must have looked impressive, and the plans were really grandiose. As Chornobyl nuclear station was planned to bew the biggest in the world, there should have been many delegations and guests, working in this industry, so all those people had to be hosted somewhere.
That's why this hotel was constructed
Now it is half-ruined. That's not people, not incident that ruined it. that's the time. Time ruins everything
Fondest memory: The overall sense or non-reality. Time stopped. Nothing exists anymore.
ChornobylInterInform Agency of the Ministry of Ukraine of Emergincies www.mns.gov.ua organizes working tours to the exclusion zone and Chornobyl nuclear power plant for experts, individual visits for journalists, public and religious figures, provides them with guides-interpreters, transportation (providing with helicopter, if so desired), hotel accommodation. Annually, the Agency organizes a safe trip to Chornobyl for more than 1000 experts from abroad.
Also you are welcomed in The Ukrainian National CHORNOBYL Disaster Museum in Kyiv, near metro station Kontraktova ploscha, in corner of Spas'ka street and Khorevyj provulok, under a tower, phones (+380 44) 416-3068, 417-5422.