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April 26: International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

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The International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is observed every year on April 26 globally.

Highlights:

  • 26th April 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.
  • The day is observed to raise awareness of the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and the risks of nuclear energy in general.
  • The International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day was first observed on the 30th anniversary of 1986 nuclear disaster.
  • In the year 2016, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.
  • In the year 2009, UN launched the International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN), to support the programmes in developing the affected places.

History:

  • On April 26, 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Pripyat city of Ukraine with devastating consequences.
  • An explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant spread a radioactive cloud over large parts of the Soviet Union, now the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
  • Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to the radiation.
  • It is one of the worst nuclear disasters that has ever taken place in the world.

Note: International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

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