Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Losses from the Chernobyl accident amounted to 180,000 million

Kiev .- The Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, estimated today at 180,000 million losses caused by the disaster in Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which now meets 25 years. "The percentage of expenditures for that purpose (to overcome the aftermath of the accident) came to assume 10 percent of the annual budget of Ukraine," Azarov pointed out in a message released by the Ukrainian agencies.

Azarov said that due to the explosion on April 26, 1986 at Chernobyl "145,000 square kilometers of territory in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were contaminated with radionuclides." "Some 2.2 million people in Ukraine received the status of victims of Chernobyl. 255,000 of them took part in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident," he said.

The note estimated at 91,000 the number of people who were evacuated the day after the catastrophe of the cities of Pripyat, situated just 4 miles from the plant, and Chernobyl. In any case, Azarov stressed that Ukraine is able to assume the cost associated with the plant closed in 2000 but still holds tons of nuclear fuel.

Ukrainian Prime Minister thanked the international community's 550 million collected last week to build a new sarcophagus over the damaged fourth reactor of the plant and complete the other programs off. "For the sake of life on Earth and joint efforts are necessary to overcome the dire consequences and worry that something will not happen again," he said.

Speaking to EFE, Azarov said yesterday that "give up nuclear technology such as banning computers." However, according to a survey released last week, nearly 70 percent of Ukrainians are against building new nuclear power plants and 39.4 percent believe that existing plants are dangerous.

The presidents of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, today will honor the victims of the tragedy at the Chernobyl plant itself, located within 100 kilometers of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Chernobyl scattered nearly a quarter century to 200 tons of material fuse with a radioactivity of 50 million curies, equivalent to 500 atomic bombs of Hiroshima.

The radiation affected more than five million people, mainly in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, according to World Health Organization.

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