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Chernoyl becomes major tourist hot spot after success of TV show


Chernoyl becomes major tourist hot spot after success of TV show

The popularity of the TV show Chernobyl has caused a surge in tourism to the nuclear disaster exclusion zone.

The authorities have already reported a 30% increase in the number of visitors to the site in the Ukraine with 150,000 people set to go this year.

However, there has been some anger at visitors with locals accusing them of failing to show respect for the dead.

One tourist walking around the ghost city of Pripyat did so in little more than her underwear while countless others are taking in appropriate selfies.

Craig Mazin, the creator of the HBO mini-series, has now urged people to show restraint and respect.

He tweeted: ‘It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.

‘If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.’

April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant.

Clouds of nuclear material were sent across much of Europe.

The accident killed 31 people instantly and forced tens of thousands to flee.

Up to 115,000 people are thought to have died of radiation-related illnesses such as cancer, although estimates vary.

The nuclear plant and the abandoned town that neighbours Chernobyl have now witnessed a spike in visitor numbers since the hit-show aired in May.

One Instagram user posed in front of an abandoned building in Pripyat, the ghost town once home to 50,000 people who mainly worked at the plant, with her hazmat suit open to show off her G-string.

Another made a victory gesture while smiling at a viewpoint overlooking the nuclear facility, and several more struck glamorous poses against a backdrop of a nuclear wasteland.

The area is the latest experiencing a rise in social media users chasing likes and followers.

In March, the US. city of Lake Elsinore declared a public safety crisis after ‘superbloom’ of poppies in a nearby canyon attracted tens of thousands of visitors.

The site of the Auschwitz concentration camp has also suffered from people taking inappropriate photos, oblivious to the suffering of millions at the site.

SoloEast, a company offering Chernobyl tours said it had seen a 30% increase in bookings in the wake of the acclaimed show.

They said they have specifically asked their clients to respect the place.

Director Sergiy Ivanchuk said: ‘We ask our clients not to take disrespectful pictures.

‘Very rarely do people go to these sites because they enjoy, in some morbid, dark way, the suffering of others. They go because these places are important and interesting.’

The HBO miniseries depicts the explosion’s aftermath, the vast clean-up operation and the subsequent inquiry.

The disaster and the government’s handling of it highlighted the shortcomings of the Soviet system with its unaccountable bureaucrats and entrenched culture of secrecy.

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