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Winners for Nature & Environment News Stories: In memory of Chernobyl

By Maria Pleshkova (CHIPP.cn)

14:47, March 27, 2012

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. An explosion and fire in the Reactor number 4 released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere. It is considered the worst nuclear plant accident in history.

Forests and agricultural lands near Chernobyl are still radiation contaminated. Many towns and villages are empty as the locals were evacuated. But the worst thing is the disaster's effects on human health. In the aftermath of the accident, 237 people suffered from acute radiation sickness, of whom 31 died within the first three months. Health problems linked with the Chernobyl disaster include cancer, mutations, long term genetic defects, chromosomal aberrations, Down syndrome… People remain largely unsure of what the effects of radiation actually are and retain a sense of foreboding. Disadvantaged children around Chernobyl suffer from health problems that are attributable not only to the Chernobyl accident, but also to the poor state of post-Soviet health systems.

25 years later, the real consequences of the Chernobyl disaster are still a great question.


The 8th China International Press Photo Contest
Nature & Environment News Stories - Gold Prize
In memory of Chernobyl
25 years have passed since the Chernobyl Disaster occurred. It is considered the worst nuclear plant accident ever in history.

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Nature & Environment News Stories Winners
Silver Prize - Hunting for walruses
Bronze Prize - Rape of growth
Award of Excellence - Three years after the Plastic limit order
Award of Excellence - The hard journey of cotton industry

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