Victims of Chernobyl nuclear accident remembered on 30th anniversary

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30 years after Chernobyl: a look at a new era in nuclear safety. Photo: IAEA

The victims of what has been described by the UN as the world's most serious nuclear accident have been remembered 30 years after the event.

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine on 26 April 1986 released radioactive material affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Carmen Cuesta Roca reports.

Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the IAEA, the UN's nuclear agency, said the reactor meltdown at Chernobyl was the "world's most serious nuclear accident and a great human tragedy."

Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by high radiation doses which drifted across large areas of the former USSR.

Some 350,000 people were forced to leave their homes in severely contaminated areas.

Mr Amano said the event 30 years ago on Tuesday was "deeply traumatic for all concerned and had a lasting impact on their lives."

He added that their suffering must not be forgotten.

Carmen Cuesta Roca, United Nations

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