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will his mission succeed. tomorrow today in sixty minutes on d w. what secrets lie behind these more. find out in an immersive experience and explore fascinating world cultural heritage sites. d w world heritage three sixty getting up now. contaminated a band and apocalyptic the chernobyl exclusion zone. three decades after nuclear disaster one man wants to revive the region. my main job is a create june tenth helping to develop a principle a new phenomenon zillions of he's thirty of our civilization. which is
a chernobyl duras more speak to a more broad golems force tradition makes them tourist. business is booming visitor numbers have skyrocketed and are soon expected to top one hundred thousand a year. sistani is a vacation like no other an unrivaled experience you won't find anywhere else but it's the leave most. much for his own sparse population daily life is hard to follow. after the accident the people here were evacuated on or they were told they'd be gone for three days but they were never allowed back into. they said we don't want you here contaminated.
taking a stroll in the radioactive exclusion zone. on the. beach or receive visitors here. because it doesn't matter because their way in which they will. receive you know more when. the workers called in to clean up after the one nine hundred eighty six chernobyl reactor explosion were officially called liquidators. but they could only contain not eliminate a disaster of this magnitude. within days one hundred thirty four liquidators suffered acute radiation poisoning twenty eight died that year. it's not known how
many people died later from radiation exposure estimates range between twenty thousand and fifty thousand. today the area around sure noble remains an exclusion zone but some pockets inside have been cleaned up and are safe to enter you know my personal opinion that uses. the result and. the zone is fenced off and can only be entered through one of several checkpoints this is where sarah he story began. as a chemist he was drafted into the team of first responders. this old soviet tank brings back memories of this dangerous mission thirty two years ago his reconnaissance team was sent deep into the affected area to me. as your radiation
levels at the time no one knew how high they really were. he's results prompted the evacuation of communities located around the reactor and the establishment of a three and a half thousand square kilometer exclusion zone. a lot has changed since then. will you know always why blizzard's the. community that there would be i.c.u. huge crowds of dollars through who views it as a place is music. used once there was and i'm war over due. to. stare he is keen to share his experiences as a scientist and veteran liquidator with outsiders. he offers all inclusive tours into the contaminated zone. his company already has twenty five employees competitors are jockeying for a share of this market but siri he is ahead of the pack.
so good marketing is part of his business strategy. t. shirts that glow in the dark. and share noble i screen. name with jennings it is that your mobile during the bill being. the drive over and use the little girl is a shallow situation after the accident you know. then it's time for an unusual sightseeing tour. what motivates tourists to come here. why have they voluntarily entered a contaminated zone. and even more samples it was a hugely significant event. that happened here three decades ago for me it's an
opportunity to see what's happened here since. because of current debate on phasing out nuclear power in europe. to better understand why nuclear power plants need to be closed i want to see what happened here. my parents are thrilled about me coming here neither is my girlfriend fortunately we already have kids so she needn't worry . about. how hazardous is the zone today. the tourists. when block for exploded on april twenty sixth one nine hundred eighty six the burning reactor spewed radioactive debris and isotopes into the air. the toxic material and dust contaminated huge swathes of land. the cleanup began immediately some eight hundred thousand liquidators were drafted in serving at great personal risk. many locations were cleared today their radiation levels are
low enough to allow short visits. but there are still highly contaminated areas that could pose a safety hazard if approached. that's why visitors can only enter the zone in the company of local guides like. radioactivity is an invisible danger. radiation measurement instruments are indispensable equipment on the tour. the first shows the tourists how to use a geiger counter. you know. just again. in order to realize.
this is a distance. the soil around this tree is still emitting radioactivity two point seven millisieverts per second that's about fifteen times higher than natural background radiation short exposure though is harmless just a fraction of an x. ray. there used to be a village here. after the accident it was dismantled and buried. it's kindergarten is all that remains. where this is the so this is just slightly higher than kiev's radiation level i think you have has zero point eight team the hot spot here at the tree was six point seven in some places from. no reason for alarm right from a smile let's hope so at the end of the day we all want to go home unharmed. furniture and toys left behind in the rush of the evacuation. scenes that bring to
mind a horror movie and soviet and salinger. it's hard to tell what's clicking more the tourists geiger counters or their cell phone cameras. because of its beeping the whole time it makes for a bit of a weird atmosphere. you can't help remembering this was a place where people lived you know and you and all the kids in this kind of garden and you see the little beds the atmosphere is strange a bit like a cemetery really going. to is a ghost town built by the soviets for plant workers and their families it was home to fifty thousand people until the accident then they were all evacuated.
exemplifies the legacy of the disaster like no other place and as. well we choose the most i coordinate so i love prepared. to receive you. and use when you've just started to become you know just the symbol of the. old full of people so. yeah in front of people and behind me there's a reason you've been blocking his. way into a fight directions. it's a very simple example if you never went into it you know why don't you have to ration it was supposed to scott being used good ones if you will still from a nine hundred eighty six it was almost a radius and then five days before the accident happened you know and now this new
video was never enough to ration. is the most famous for this new things that will . p.p. it's morbid charm is a money maker it draws tourists from eighty five countries. it is good to see such a special interesting cheap special. this i'm sure. as he said it's a vacation like now if and i'm by that experience you won't find anywhere else it's a different. completely preserver.
our guide hopes visitors can help the region around chernobyl improve its image and image she says that also must be decontaminated. that tourism or use the i am in the probable l m m for all of the system of there to mitigate the long. stand in the consequences of radiation accident include ensure lobel you know it revives the area brings the people. at last but no definitely not at least it is the best way to long as the listens over those are huge and important. role and i'm kind of proud that i am continuing to. i would say feeney is there for it's all of the thoughts of the who wipe out a bottle of beer warm against their former officer for duration of commission from chernobyl.
standard pieces of furniture are all that their testimony each of their lives abruptly event and in previous. liquidators destroyed and buried almost everything . thousands of abandoned pets had to be caught and put down for fear they would carry radioactive dust out of the zone. eerie calm cast a spell on visitors. kilometer after kilometer surfacing beneath the brushwood empty houses abandoned villa. edges
. three hundred fifty thousand people were evacuated from the zone from one day to the next their lives changed forever. they were resettled in other towns and villages wherever there was room. many today live hundreds of kilometers from their former home. but they lost their noses. they lose their community. or psychological trauma it's not about what i mean to be true it bodes a loss all for collect their way to. the way to a place. that may be why life has returned to some villages in the zone like in cuba about thirty kilometers southeast of the reactor. and her husband even were resettled following the disaster. they had nothing but the clothes on their
backs when they arrived at their designated destination a village one hundred kilometers away but they were never welcomed there. didn't i want a friend who does some of the locals wanted to stop those of us who'd been resettled from using the well. they threw a straw in the hay into it so we couldn't they said we don't want you hit your contaminated mud different it wasn't much it was that or. stigmatized and far from home they could no longer bear it and returned secretly they live here illegally but are tolerated by zone officials who provide to is mostly cleared of radiation but no one knows whether residents aren't consuming radioactive isotopes in home grown food even and maria nevertheless provide for themselves they rule out the possibility of danger. there is no radioactivity here i don't believe it but i've been living here for thirty one
years if there was radioactivity i'd be long gone this is my home. today an estimated one hundred forty people live illegally in the zone most are elderly and can't imagine living anywhere else. eighty five year old hannah is one of the returning settlers known as someone sealing. but behind you as she's fondly known in the zone lives here with her sick sister sonia whom she cares for all by herself. the two women wouldn't think of leaving their home again. i mean this is where i was born and this is well done i don't want to move into a retirement home if i can no longer walk someone will bring me water so i can die here. but you know it's something of a celebrity in the zone and gets regular visits from tourists. if only.
a guide says he's coming around with a large group oh hello. may god protect you oh how many are coming. that's when you drive by son his place and then come here and then. the menu seven people fun come on over there you dish out a whole laundry. here as well as public coming to our job what i'd like to bring me some coffee is that probably. got here if you're ok i'll make some pancakes for you forward i. know that one you can no longer work the fields she depends on the gifts brought by visitors it's hard to get hold of food. a mobile shop selling the basic necessities comes by once a month at most. it was just well known that i got to have the boys that bring me
flowers. and the tourists bring me all needles and semolina the tourists bring everything made me feel i'm so grateful for these kind hearted people people little weekly. they call ahead and ask baba honey what can we bring them i tell them case here what you don't see i can't do without it as i know me she. she serves up a spread of mashed potatoes bacon and lots of vodka. offers homemade food and the chance to visit a real someone say when there is no other place in the world like it. is the third tour group of the day is waiting outside her door. meanwhile sarah he and his group have arrived at the epicenter of the disaster
reactor block for. it's the highlight of every tour. here like in the hands just monumental you could see the look of the first circles i guess but it was good in a really short terms radiation was so high at that point it's. fifteen twenty seconds. to build it in a good way. around the reactor was completed in two thousand and eighteen. a multi-national project that cost more than two billion euros the giant steel shelter is designed to contain radiation from the plant for the next century but it's still only a temporary solution. deep inside is the molten core of the reactor known as the most toxic chunk of voiced in the world just a few minutes exposure to its intense radiation would be lethal. like radioactive
for another hundred thousand years. the canteen is just a stone's throw from the. contamination checks are mandatory before entering the tourists are not exempt. this is where people who work at the site eat lunch. in the city of its name is inextricably linked to the world's worst manmade disaster. but it isn't abandoned life goes on at least to some degree buildings have been restored to service housing for workers in the zone. there are bars a sports facility and shops with a small selection of goods. but because living in the exclusion zone is illegal people commute they spend one week here to spend time in another place outside.
also has a room here every fortnight he returns to his wife in their home three hundred kilometers away. it hasn't been easy for the residents of trying to start new lives elsewhere. two for too long approach the people in chernobyl are unable to move on so they won't find work anywhere else and these they've been working here for twenty or thirty years they've grown accustomed to the place people have grown accustomed to each other it's too late to leave because they're too old they're unfamiliar with modern technologies and computers and they can't speak english to one of the least they're living out their old age here total to move the.
chair and i've used to live in this room with his wife but she had to leave his own because of health issues. he wants to stay a few more years to work and money then he too will leave the zone to start a new chapter he has it all planned. a good pension quiet old age a fishing rod a river. back at the checkpoint for the tourists it's almost time to leave. which to take away from their journey into the exclusion zone. with the social might say a lot of historical facts were conveyed also by the guide lots of interesting
details. and we saw quite a lot it was a first hand experience like being in a living museum or cemetery depending on how they look at it. ok for you of course because as i got alternately it's up to each individual to decide what they gain from this kind of tourism whether it's simply snapshots or more than just memories . the message they want to convey. or a real awareness of what could happen if a reactor blew up in a heavily populated area in france or england on going on is unclear this could happen near paris brussels or london specifically my take away is the empathy i feel for the people who live here also it showed me the same thing could happen anywhere else and it would be equally dramatic. and next week i must say the magic is all the way. at the end of their tour the tourists are handed a certificate identifying them as true zone visitors. it's is zero point
zero zero two we're losing lives it is the total do visit for four hours let's hold our experience that your lobo's will. that's about equal to the dose of radiation passengers sustain on a flight from paris to new york. well if this is them does all that i just hear so is that usually enough but you know it will be my sea. which means a corner as a big. no no sir here it was my pleasure coverage of israel. then it's time to return to kiev for the tourists this was an excursion a once in a lifetime experience. the area of the exclusion zone will remain contaminated for thousands of years because of a single accident in a nuclear power plant. sara he
believes it offers more than just a stark lesson from mankind. well and you know this is actually one of the cleanest areas not in the only in ukraine but in europe because for thirty years there were literally no industry here visit museums no agriculture group culture was the best kind of good sides. visit missions of the vehicle. people visit you know waists and everest and. he has a road map for the region's future so he wants to see the exclusion zone added to unesco's list of world heritage sites. he's already filed the application i believe it is this area should be drawn into a national you know. national memorial and
a major role. to keep the memory and sonora lidge. technology which was employed here and which failed you know to do. so lessons of this event unfold from very far live in this area their noses in my god you know it is well no fault of my you muslims my maid of places and of course i care through it and very loudly if you know it's a simpler in my eyes for error. i'm
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