Struggling to see and foaming at the mouth, hero helicopter pilot Andrei Mizko finally sought medical help. It was 11 years after he was one of the courageous pilots who flew over Chernobyl’s still fiercely burning reactor following the devastating explosion that became the worst nuclear accident in history. Just 26 when reactor number 4 erupted and spewed deadly radiation across much of Europe Colonel Mizko was one of the men tasked with trying to quell the inferno, He had to drop tonnes of lead onto the still burning reactorand one just one of the crew members and support staff called from across the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the disaster. It was just 10 days after the reactor had exploded and he would return 11 times over the next 22 days.
Mirror 1st July 2019 read more »
Chernobyl’s exclusion zone isn’t devoid of life. Wolves, boars and bears have returned to the lush forests surrounding the old nuclear plant in northern Ukraine. And when it comes to vegetation, all but the most vulnerable and exposed plant life survived. Even in the most radioactive areas of the zone, vegetation was recovering within three years.
BBC 2nd July 2019 read more »