People are still working here.
To our amazement the road is brand new and so we reach Chernobyl quickly. The town is located outside the 10-kilometre-zone – the inner circle of the prohibited area. Many of the buildings have been renovated and serve as lodgings for the workers and engineers of the old Prypyat power plant. Scientists, soldiers, police officers, fire-fighters – there are in fact still a lot of people working here, although on a rota basis, so always only for a certain length of time. A good infrastructure, sunshine and autumn-coloured trees on the day of our visit: the pleasant atmosphere could easily belie the danger that this place still represents.
We see the New Safe Confinement over reactor block 4 and next to it reactor block 3 which continued to provide electricity until 2000. We are only allowed to stop and take photos in certain locations. Another checkpoint and we are in the 10-kilometre-zone, in Prypyat. The town then with a population of 50,000 was cleared very quickly. For 35 years now everything has been at a standstill and nature is recapturing Prypyat.