Photographer Tom Skipp visited Chernobyl and nearby Pripyat, its replacement town Slavutych, and the abandoned sites of the region – meeting the people behind the disaster: from the liquidators who worked at the fallout site, to the re-settlers and the community who live and work in the area now.
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Thirty-three years on from the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl is again in the headlines. The Russian power plant explosion was shrouded in mystery at the time and even today there is much debate on the death toll it caused. While there is a rough agreement that around 50 people died from the blast or from acute radiation syndrome (ARS) in the immediate aftermath, the true cost to life could be as high as 93,000, reports the MEN. The blast has been the focus of the hit HBO TV series Chernobyl which has quickly become one of the best rated shows ever. To this day the area is still uninhabitable for humans – although it has become something of a wildlife haven. However, while an exclusion zone remains in place 19 miles around the power plant, people are able to venture inside as part of organised, and official, tours.
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