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Chernobyl: The Ongoing Disaster

On April 26, 1986, there was a blast of the fourth reactor of a Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. As a result, there was a huge release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere. This nuclear fallout was precipitated mainly in Europe, but especially in large areas of Belarus, the Russia Federation and Ukraine. The consequences of the Chernobyl explosion keep negatively affecting human health and environment, so people should stay away from this region.

First and foremost, the consequences of Chernobyl are still dangerous to human health. Untimely, incomplete and contradictory official information about the disaster significantly increased the number of victims. Neither on April 26 nor 27 were residents warned of the dangers, and they were not given any recommendations on how to behave in order to reduce the effect of radioactive contamination ("What Is Chernobyl?"). The Chernobyl disaster has had a significant effect on the mental health and well-being of an entire generation of people. The fact that the affected population is considered more as "victims" rather than "people who have survived after the accident" has led to the fact that they have feelings of helplessness and an inability to control their future ("Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident"). Since the half-life of different radioactive substances released into the environment as a result of the accident ranges from several days to several thousand years, staying in Chernobyl is still dangerous to health. People visiting these areas expose themselves to radiation, which can cause the development of cancer and other diseases. The National Radiation Centre convincingly provides evidence of a strong negative effect of even small doses of radiation on the health of residents, especially children, in the radiation contaminated areas ("AGreenRoad Project ").…...

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