Video: Chernobyl Drone Footage Reveals the Abandoned City Pripyat

Pripjat (Russian: Припять, Ukrainian: Прип’ять; Prypjat) is a ghost town in the Kiev Ukrainian oblast, near the border with Belarus. The city was completely evacuated as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. In the city (before 1986) there were about 55,000 inhabitants, many of whom worked at the nuclear power plant.

The city saying “health for the people is wealth for the country” (“здоровя народу – багатство країни”) got a bitter aftertaste. The city is virtually unaffected since the evacuation; Pripjat has therefore become a tourist attraction. Famous among other things is the amusement park where the bumper cars and the Ferris wheel are still standing. The city is in a quarantine area because of the ever-present radioactive material. However, it is possible to visit the city with a guide. Until 2007 it was also possible to enter buildings. This is now prohibited because of the risk of collapse. Most buildings are in poor condition because no maintenance is being done. In addition, trees and other vegetation grow straight through buildings that affect structural integrity

. It is relatively safe to visit Pripjat if you strictly follow the rules of the guide. Nothing can be taken with it and you must stay on the paths at all times. The latter is due to a special type of moss that grows in Pripjat and contains radioactive material. Standing on these mosses or kicking against them causes a dangerous amount of radiation to be released.

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