Chernobyl 25 years on
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place in the early hours of April the 26th, 1986, when the fourth reactor exploded contaminating, not only Ukraine else many parts of Europe. Only security officials and accredited personnel are allowed to enter the 30 kilometers exclusion zone around Chernobyl where the radiation is still leaking.
But in the outside areas the life is not easy. Despite the radiation, thousands of people still live there. Contaminated areas are predominantly agricultural and there is no reliable information about the current radiological and environmental conditions, which constitutes a potential risk to their health. Most of those who remained in the zone are poorly skilled and many are unemployed. Besides the lack of young people has an additional impact on the income of these areas, that has to depend on the poorly valued effort of elderly people, working mostly in the land.
Also the 25th anniversary coincides with other Nuclear Disaster happened in the Nuclear Plant of Fukushima, Japan, which is threatening to be at least as serious as Chernobyl´s.