Harrowing photos show state of Ukraine’s ‘ghost town’ after Chernobyl disaster

A selection of horrifying photos have exposed dramatic images of Ukraine which capture the destruction caused by the Chernobyl disaster.

The events of April 27 1986 destroyed many things, including the nearby city of Pripyat which remains abandoned to this day.

Prior to the incident, the city's population had grown to 49,000 people and it was home to 5 primary schools, 25 schools, 10 gyms, a large hospital, parks, factories, an amusement park, cinemas, and a pool.

Most of the people who lived in Prypiat worked at the power plant which had been conducting a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No.4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout.

However, it was this surge of power that caused the reactor to explode.

Over 50 tonnes of radioactive material was blasted into the air which destroyed much of the surrounding areas.

Images from various photographers posted to the website Abandoned Spaces on Monday (March 11) show crumbling buildings, abandoned amusement rides and children's toys lying in the dust.

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Schoolwork and newspapers bearing the date were also seen in school buildings and empty beds remain inside the hospital wards.

It is impossible to pinpoint an exact figure of how many people died as a result of the Chernobyl disaster because there are still people today who are suffering the effects of radiation.

However, the official Soviet records put the death figure at 31 – but the real figure is thought to be thousands, if not millions.

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The blast at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union, killed two people straight away.

In the next few days, 144 servicemen were admitted to the hospital, of which 28 died as a result of acute radiation poisoning.

The news comes after reports of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant being plunged into darkness after being cut off from Ukraine's national grid last week by Russian troops, sparking fears of another disaster.

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The Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said that the Ukrainian authorities do not know what the radiation levels are at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as they have not heard about what is happening there since it was seized by Russian troops.

He said Ukraine also had no control over what was happening at the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where it said 400 Russian troops were stationed.

Energoatom has also said that without electricity it is impossible to ensure the cooling of spent nuclear fuel, adding: "The temperature in the holding pools will increase, the release of radioactive substances into the environment may occur."

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