Rescue teams need several days to put out smouldering after fire in Chornobyl zone

Source : 112 Ukraine

The rain helped firemen extignuish the fire, - State Emergency Service
16:13, 14 April 2020

Fire in Chornobyl exclusion zone
Serhiy Gashchak

Rescue teams need another few days to cope with the smoldering after the fire in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. Head of the State Emergency Service Mykola Chechotkin said so during the briefing for President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is mentioned on the website of the Presidential Office.

Yesterday, the situation in the area worsened, because the fire was hard to take under control. The Service sent a large number of vehicles and staff workers to put it out. The rain helped firemen extinguish the fire.

"Yesterday, fire rescue aviation conducted 227 flights, 500 tons of water were used. The radiation background in the exclusion zone stays normal and it's not growing",  Chechotkin said.

Related: Zelensky promised to tell truth about fires in Chornobyl zone

At the same time, the Service didn't let the fire reach the military depots with ammunition, and the local infrastructure objects, such as the Shelter and Vector buildings, the distribution station of Chornobyl nuclear power plant, and the nuclear waste storage.

According to Yehor Firsov, the Temporary Acting Head of the State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine, locals are highly recommended to stay indoors due to thick fog, which may be harmful to the health.

Related: Aviation dumps 538 tonnes of water to extinguish forest fire in Chornobyl zone

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