: AFP: Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chornobyl shook the world

09:33 Apr. 18, 2016

AFP: Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chornobyl shook the world

A 600 square meter hole in the roof and wall that collapsed on Feb.12, 2013 seen in the 4th damaged reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chornobyl, Ukraine, Aug. 25, 2013 (AP Photo)

On April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, located about 100 kilometres north of Kyiv, exploded 

Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chornobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

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More than 200 tonnes of uranium remain inside the reactor that exploded three decades ago at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, raising fears there could be more radioactive leaks if the ageing concrete structure covering the stricken reactor collapses.

International donors are meeting on April 25 to discuss a funding plan for the installation of a more modern and safe sarcophagus that could last a century and keep generations from living in fear.

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But despite the international community's commitment to funding the project, it remains unclear who will pay for the new dome's operations and upkeep after 2017, when it is scheduled to become operational. Full srory

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