Chernobyl Forest Fire
May 21, 2015
The smoke contains radioactive particles .
To Remember The year 1986; 29 year ago:
The human toll of the disaster is still disputed.
United Nations experts officially recognised 31 deaths among plant workers and firefighters directly linked to the blast.
But environmental group Greenpeace has suggested there could be around 100,000 additional deaths from cancer caused by the disaster.
The Soviet authorities of the time dispatched hundreds of thousands of people to put out the fire and clean the site, without proper protection.
They hastily laid over the reactor site a concrete cover dubbed “the sarcophagus”, which is now cracking and must be replaced.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday inspected ongoing work on a new 20,000-tonne steel cover — a project estimated to cost more than two billion euros ($2.2 billion).
It is financed by international donations managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The structure will contain technology that will act beneath the cover to decontaminate the area once the steel layer is in place. Officials say the new cover will last for 100 years.
The work is being done by Novarka, a joint venture by French companies Vinci and Bouygues.
The project had been scheduled for completion by the end of this year but the EBRD said last year technical problems would delay it until late 2017.