- Photographer Alina Rudya, who now lives in Berlin, Germany, was only one-year-old when she was forced to leave Prypyat following the meltdown, which spewed deadly clouds of atomic material into the atmosphere.
- Her picture project, called Prypat mon Amour, shares emotional stories of evacuees and shows them revisiting the eerily empty town.
- Not all the pictures shown on this page are by Alina Rudya. Some of them are from reporters visiting the area.
- These eerie pictures show the abandoned homes, rusting fairground attractions and overgrown infrastructure among the ruins of a Ukrainian community less than two miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
- Images include dolls fitted with gas masks lying among the rusting beds of a nursery in the town of Pripyat near Ukraine's northern border with Belarus.
- Others show stray cats and dogs wandering around the empty Soviet-era town next to buildings that have been almost completely taken over by trees and undergrowth over the last 30 years.
- They also show radioactive warning signs, abandoned tower blocks and a crumbling amusement park with dodgems and a Ferris wheel creaking in the wind.
- Once a bustling home to 50,000 residents, the town was built less than two miles from the country’s first nuclear power plant to house scientists and workers serving the plant, and security troops.
- Tragedy struck on April 26 1986, as one of the reactors deep inside the Chernobyl power plant went into meltdown, sparking the world’s worst nuclear disaster and sending radioactive particles into the air.
- It wasn't until the next day that the government realised the extent of the disaster, and ordered an evacuation of citizens.
- Despite the stark, barren sights, tourists are flocking in increasing numbers to the Ukrainian disaster site, although the zone is still classed as uninhabitable.
The Energetik Palace of Culture.
What is left of the swimming pool
This was the hospital
30 YEARS SINCE THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER
- ANIMALS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RECLAIMED THE RADIOACTIVE LANDS but the Ukrainian government wants to use the area as a nuclear waste dump
- Meantime, have a glimpse of life after people. This is the way life would reclaim the planet if people were no longer around
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