Commemorative events for victims of the Chernobyl accident canceled due to COVID-19

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MOSCOW, April 26 – RIA News. This year, the coronavirus pandemic made adjustments to the events commemorating the victims of the Chernobyl disaster; no memorial meeting will be held in Moscow, the Russian Emergencies Ministry press service told RIA Novosti.
“Unfortunately, this year the epidemiological situation made adjustments to these plans. In particular, there will not be a memorial and mourning rally at the Mitinsky cemetery in Moscow,” the agency’s source said.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as a result of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, 14 constituent entities of the Russian Federation were exposed to radioactive contamination with a total area of ​​about 60 thousand square kilometers, in the territory of which more than 3 million people lived.

As a result of the Chernobyl accident, more than 2 million hectares of agricultural land and about a million hectares of forest land of the Russian Federation were also contaminated.

The most polluted territories are the Bryansk (12.1 thousand square kilometers of territory is contaminated), Kaluga (4.9 thousand square kilometers), Tula (11.6 thousand square kilometers) and Oryol regions (8.9 thousand square kilometers).

In total, more than 1.7 million people who are exposed to radiation as a result of the Chernobyl accident currently live in Russia. These include 125 thousand people who took part in the work to eliminate the consequences of the disaster in 1986-1990.

The disaster at the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant occurred on April 26, 1986. About 200 thousand Russians took part in the aftermath of the accident.

Earlier, the ministry reported that the number of settlements of the Russian Federation contaminated with radiation as a result of the Chernobyl accident has almost halved since the early 1990s. Rehabilitation measures allowed returning almost half of the forest fund and 30% of the land removed from it due to the increased content of radionuclides in the soil.

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