The theme of the evacuation of cities and villages from the 30-kilometer zone of Chernobyl has overgrown with myths and legends. Someone is sure that people were taken out in one day, and someone claims that the police drove them to their cars. In this article we will tell you how everything really happened.
If you want to see abandoned cities with your own eyes, then come to the Zone! An excursion to Pripyat is a great opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the post-apocalyptic world.
It is believed that the largest city in the Zone was Chernobyl, but in reality this is not the case: only 7 thousand individuals lived in this ancient settlement, founded in the XI century. Pripyat, the first areas of which began to be built in 1970, was home to 47.5 thousand people. From here to the nuclear power plant – only 3 km, so the first settlers were the employees of the power plant.
On April 26, 1986, the residents of the city were informed that an incident had occurred at the station. They were asked not to leave the house and to close the windows. However, at night many have already seen the fire at the nuclear power plant, so the accident did not become news. However, people did not know what to do, so the windows and doors in schools were tightly closed, and the janitors began to clean the territory.
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On the evening of April 26, the Chairman of the Government Commission finally made a decision to evacuate, and at night, convoys of 1,255 buses, 360 trucks, and two diesel trains began to pull up to the city.
On April 27, at 1 pm, the radio announced the beginning of the evacuation. Already at 13.50 people from Pripyat began to gather near their homes, where buses were waiting for them. Convoys of 20 buses and 5 trucks were sent every 10 minutes. For two and a half hours, all residents were taken out of the city – 47.5 thousand people. The police went through their homes and found 20 more residents of Pripyat, who were trying to avoid evacuation.
The evacuation took place without panic. The people were told that they were leaving for only a few days, while the police would protect their homes from looting. Pripyat residents were forbidden to take personal belongings and pets with them. Eyewitnesses recall that the frightened dogs chased buses and whined pitifully as if they felt that people would never return.
But the process of resettlement of the Chernobyl region dragged on:
By ordering a tour to Chernobyl, you can see some of these destroyed villages. In remote areas of the Zone, not everyone agreed to evacuate. Scientists monitoring the territory for the level of radiation pollution often met people who completely refused to leave their homes and did not even want to hear about radiation. Eyewitnesses say that many Chernobyl victims left notes in their homes for looters, where they asked not to break or touch anything, but were allowed to live until the owners returned…
All the evacuees firmly believed that this process was necessary for only three days. This figure was told on the radio, and it was repeated by the police and local chairmen. Where did this number come from – three days? Apparently, the term was determined by the civil defense services, because in the event of a nuclear strike, the activity of radionuclides decreases to the minimum permissible rate in just three days. The truth is that radionuclides have gotten into nature, which do not decay for thousands of years.
Pripyat residents were transported strictly according to the plan – to nearby towns and villages. Eyewitnesses recall that many were temporarily ‘attached’ directly to the homes of the locals: the chairmen simply met buses with lists of names and distributed ‘those and those to such and such family’. And refugees were accepted – fed and put to bed. In the morning, everyone who had somewhere to go tried to go to their relatives.
Today, many of those whose lives on April 26 have changed forever, come to Pripyat with an excursion. They say they still dream of coming back here…
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