35 years ago there was a disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
On April 26, 1986, the largest disaster in the entire history of nuclear power took place - the destruction of the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
As a result of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the nuclear reactor was completely destroyed, radioactive substances got into the environment. Almost 8.4 million people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine were exposed to radiation, hundreds of thousands of them were evacuated from contaminated areas.
To eliminate the consequences of the accident, forces were sent from all over the Soviet Union.
The Chernobyl disaster affected a significant part of Belarus. According to the report of the Department for Elimination of the Consequences of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus for 2020, there were 3,678 settlements in the territories of radioactive contamination, in which 2.2 million people lived; 479 settlements ceased to exist. From the territories affected by the Chernobyl disaster, 137.7 thousand people were resettled, of which 75% are residents of the Gomel region. Simultaneously with the evacuation and organized resettlement, about 200 thousand people left the territories of radioactive contamination on their own.
The branches of RUE "Vitebskenergo" have 63 participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Currently, 31 of them work in the energy system, 32 are non-working pensioners.
Paying a debt to the courage and dedication of the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, RUE “Vitebskenergo” in accordance with the current regulations provides them with support, certain social benefits and guarantees are provided.