Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster remembered

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The ill-fated 4th block of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Photo: IAEA/Petr Pavlicek

The anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that happened in Ukraine 28 years ago offers an opportunity to stand in solidarity with millions of people who still live in the affected areas.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the occasion of the anniversary of the disaster that happened on 26 April 1986 in the former Soviet Union.

Secretary-General Ban has called on the international community to further support the process of recovery and sustainable development in the Chernobyl-affected region.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General in New York.

"The Secretary-General says that this is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine."(17")

The Secretary-General said that recovery from the Chernobyl disaster has produced new knowledge and experience in addressing the multifaceted consequences of nuclear emergencies.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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