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Water tourist routes developed in Chornobyl

Source : 112 Ukraine

All routes are checked by dosimetrists and are safe for visitors
23:08, 31 July 2019

AFP

The river tourist routes along the Prypyat and Uzh rivers will be launched in Chornobyl. It is reported by the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone on Facebook.

"All routes are checked by dosimetrists and are safe for visitors," said in a statement.

Reportedly, the agency has developed water routes to visit the exclusion zone. Specialists of the Chornobyl Reserve and the Ecocenter were involved in the development of the routes.

It is noted that the development of new forms of visiting the exclusion zone was initiated by tour operators due to the increase in the number of visitors over the past 5 years by almost 10 times. In addition, the water routes will provide an opportunity to see the other side of the exclusion zone - its nature.

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"Organizational measures are being carried out to introduce these routes for visitors," the press service added.

We recall that the explosion at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant occurred on April 26, 1986, at 01:23:47 during the design test of turbine generator No. 8 at unit 4, which completely destroyed the reactor. The building of the power unit, the roof of the engine room partially collapsed. There were more than 30 fires, the main of them were suppressed an hour later, and by 05:00 on April 26 the fire was eliminated.

The radioactive cloud from the accident covered the European part of the Soviet Union, most of Europe, the eastern part of the United States. Approximately 60% of radioactive substances settled in the territory of Belarus

About 200 thousand people were evacuated from the affected area. The situation was complicated by the fact that the Soviet leadership had been silent about the fact of the disaster for a long time, and on May 1, people, knowing nothing, went to the May rally. According to the organization "Chornobyl Union," 10% out of 600 000 liquidators died, and another 165 000 became disabled.

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