Ukraine celebrates the success of the HBO television series and Belarus puts hands on head. While the government of the first country continues to make box with the tourist phenomenon of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, that of Belarus does not rule out closing its border with that part of Ukraine precisely because of its tourist success.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which exploded in 1986, is only 10 kilometers from Belarusian territory. Ukraine, which is doing a great business and has already received more than 110,000 visits so far this year, believes that the area is safe to be visited in short periods of time. Belarus, on the other hand, continues to think that "people should not go."
"There is still a very high pollution. People should not go"
So the Belarusian government will strengthen the part of its border with Ukraine near the famous nuclear power plant. Moreover, in statements to the state news agency BelTA, a person responsible for border security, Anatoli Lappo, has assured that Belarus must "close the border next to the perimeter of the Chernobyl area".
Since 2011, Ukraine is trying its best to keep tourism coming to the area that suffered the most serious nuclear accident known. Its authorities have done so since they saw a decrease in the level of radiation.
Single This means that the Chernobyl control room can be visited, a place where radiation is 40,000 times higher than normal. A few years ago they would have noticed the interest of visiting this room of the nuclear power plant, but the success of the HBO series has changed everything.
Is there still high pollution?
But Belarus keeps talking about serious health risks and monitor the border with drones. "There is still a very high pollution," says Lappo. They intend to install surveillance cameras and establish a control center in Chojniki, the Belarusian town located next to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
He April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl engineers performed a routine test, when a cluster of failures, errors and bad decisions caused the nuclear plant to explode. 31 people died. According to the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES), the catastrophe was level 7, the most serious for its "effects on health and the environment."