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Chernobyl disaster victim, 1990. This girl, from near Kiev, was badly contaminated in the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and here is in a haematological ward of a hospital in Minsk, Belarus. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is near the city of Chernobyl, in the Ukraine. In 1986, it was the scene of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which contaminated large areas of Europe with radioactive fallout, and required the surrounding area to be evacuated. It is estimated that thousands of people were affected by the disaster, some developing blood disorders or cancers.
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