More than 1.5 million people are now living in an area contaminated by the Chernobyl accident, which occurred in 1986. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, quoted by RIA "Novosti", now in these areas are about 4 thousand settlements.
According to a press agency, 25 years ago the number of polluted cities and villages was 7.5 thousand, they lived about 2.6 million people. The area of reduced both by natural causes — the decay of radionuclides, and through activities to eliminate contamination. The report said that in most areas of radiation-hygienic situation normalized.
"This has been achieved mainly by conducting a series of protective and rehabilitative measures in agriculture (use of special technologies of tillage, the introduction of additional doses of mineral fertilizers, liming land, the use of drugs, absorbing radiocesium)", — reported in the publication.
Last October, President Viktor Yanukovych said on the need to revise the boundaries of the zones of Chernobyl contamination. In late November, it was reported that the government of Ukraine and the EU are considering agricultural uses some "Chernobyl" territories. In December, Emergencies Minister Viktor Baloha said that the Chernobyl zone can be as early as 2011 officially opened to tourists. However, trips to the exclusion zone has long been organized by private companies.
The Chernobyl accident occurred on the night of April 26, 1986 as a result of destruction of the reactor of the fourth power unit which has broken down during the experiment. In the air were ejected various radioactive substance with a half-life of 2 to 33 years. Radioactive cloud passed over the European regions of the USSR, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Of the 30-kilometer zone around the plant were evacuated 115,000 people.