Fire at Chornobyl zone approached Prypiat and radioactive waste storage

Source : 112 Ukraine

Fire is located five kilometers from Chernobyl nuclear power plant
19:00, 13 April 2020

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine

In the Chornobyl exclusion zone, the forest burns for the ninth day. At the moment, the fire is approaching the town of Prypiat. Yaroslav Yemelianenko, a member of the public council at the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone, wrote about this on his Facebook page.

"The fire spread across the road, followed the Yanov railway station, and goes to Prypiat," the message reads.

He also specified that the wind blows towards the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, spreading the fire.

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"The situation is critical. The zone is on fire. Local authorities report that everything is under control, but in fact, fire is rapidly seizing new territories," Yemelianenko wrote.

He also said that the fire is located two kilometers from the Podlesny radioactive waste storage facilities, where the most highly radioactive waste from the entire Chornobyl zone is located, and from the Chornobyl itself.

Yemelianenko noted that on April 13, the National Guard was involved in eliminating the disaster.

At the same time, the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone duty officer reported that, as of this morning, the area of ​​fires in the Chornobyl exclusion zone has not increased over the past 24 hours.

As we reported before, on April 11, in Chornobyl, units of the State Emergency Service, together with forest guard employees of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone, continued to extinguish fires in the Korohodsky, Kotovsky, and Denysovetsky forestries.

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