Even though the plant got its name from the small-town Chernobyl, the government built another town which was located 2km away from the plant called: Pripyat.
Built in the 1970´s just for the power plant worker and their families, while it was planned to make Chernobyl the biggest operating power plant in the world with 12 reactors in total.
Pripyat was a model town of the Soviet Union which average age was around 26 years at the time of the accident.
As consequence of the accident Pripyat was exposed to high level of radiation.
During the whole day (26th of April) after the accident, 50.000 people weren´t informed by the government about the radiation dangers neither did they receive iodine pills to contract the effects of the radiation.
A couple of hours after the accident the radiation level in Pripyat was 20.000 times higher than usual.
Even though soldiers or military staff was attending, they left the inhabitants unsuspecting.
Just on the 27th of April around 2PM the order to evacuate was given.
At first, women and children were collected. But the Soviet Union didn’t had enough busses in this region. So, busses and trains from other parts of the country had to come over to evacuate the 50.000 inhibitions of Pripyat.
The line of busses to Pripyat was 25km long.
To start of the evacuation the government told the inhabitants to just take their most important belongings because the evacuation „wouldn’t take longer than 3 days “.
So, most of them just collected official documents like passports, a bit of clothing and one toy the keep their kids calm.
Overall the evacuation did take place calmly and organized. The government kept insisting that they did communicate lees to avoid a mass panic.
Officially 600.00 people were affected by the nuclear accident. The documents are dividing the victims into different categories.
The biggest category is made of 200.000-240.000 saviours, soldiers, policemen and fire fighters which tidied up and contaminated at the plant and the surrounding.
Furthermore there´s a group of 116.000 inhabitants of the area surrounding Chernobyl.
Further 200.000 people were evacuated later in the affected areas of Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia.
Even though 5 million people were still living in areas which were affected by the nuclear accident.
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