Ukraine today held memorial services of Chernobyl nuclear disaster that has permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe about three decades ago.
The accident happened in the early hours of April 26, 1986. A nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine triggered a meltdown killing 31 plant workers and firemen, mostly due to acute radiation sickness.
The disaster was worst nuclear accident in the history that affected three million people eventually and more than 300,000 people were forced to evacuate.
The latest report of International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) reveals radiation levels have fallen drastically and most of the contaminated land now are safe.
However, local doctors and researchers didn’t agree with the report saying a growing number of long-term health issues among people have been documented in the areas close to the exclusion zone.
Head doctor at Ivankov hospital, Oksana Kadun, said level of illness is much higher.
Kadun is currently tracking the health of 4,000 children in contaminated areas. He is finding increased cases of immune system deficiency and respiratory problems.
Timeline of the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown on April 26, 1986:
1:26:03 – fire alarm activated
1:28 – arrival of local firefighters, Pravik’s guard
1:35 – arrival of firefighters from Pripyat, Kibenok’s guard
1:40 – arrival of Telyatnikov
2:10 – turbine hall roof fire extinguished
2:30 – main reactor hall roof fires suppressed
3:30 – arrival of Kiev firefighters
4:50 – fires mostly localized
6:35 – all fires extinguished
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