It has been estimated that around 985,000 premature cancer deaths have occurred since that day as a result of radioactive contamination received from the incident.
Throughout the drive a DVD was playing giving a history of Chernobyl and showing horrific photos and video of the aftermath, with unsettling interviews with the survivors.
Needless to say we were all starting to feel a little bit apprehensive by this point.
After a quick test to confirm that I was not radioactive, we were free to leave the exclusion zone and that concluded my tour of Chernobyl!
When I got back to my hostel at the end of the day, I wasn’t sure how I felt, and I’m struggling to put it into words now.
In true Soviet Union fashion, the streets were typically named Lenin Avenue, International Friendship Street, Heroes of Stalingrad Street.
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It’s hard to put into words exactly how it felt walking around Pripyat, and even now I don’t think I’ve completely managed to digest the experience.
We stepped outside and went to visit Pripyat’s famous amusement park.
I found it interesting to learn that the amusement park actually opened on the day of the incident.
Just something about wandering around, looking in the changing rooms and seeing old swimming pool equipment lying around.
For a moment I just stood there and closed my eyes and imagined what it must have been like 25 years ago – full of children laughing and playing without a care in the world.