Emergency and Disasters 25 April 2011 28 1719

Pripyat: Poste restante

Twenty-six years have passed since the Chernobyl disaster, but people still remember the tragedy, especially those who lived in the nearby city of Pripyat. The town was not immediately evacuated after the incident, and the general population of the Soviet Union was not informed of the disaster until a few days later. The evacuation began at 14:00 on April 27. To speed things up, residents were told to only take the bare necessities, as the authorities said it would only last about three days. As a result, most of the residents left behind their personal belongings, which are still there to this day. RT’s correspondent Aleksey Yaroshevsky has visited the ghost town. Watch his special documentary on RT Doc

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