BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chernobyl disaster seriously affected surrounding areas. Prypiat is an abandoned city. Its residents were evacuated immediately after the accident.
Belarus is still affected by high radiation levels as tests on animals and plants show.
In April 1986, a newly built Soviet city of 50,000 disappeared almost overnight. Prypiat, roughly 2 kilometers from Chernobyl, ranks among the eeriest, most dangerous ghost towns on the planet.
Residents were forced to leave the city immediately after the accident, and many items were simply too large to take with them.
Making the first visit by a UN Secretary-General to Chernobyl, Ban Ki-moon says Chernobyl and the recent accident at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant have provided "lessons" for strengthening nuclear safety standards.
Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary-General, said, "The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power accident, and together with this Chernobyl disaster have given us enough and strong message, and we have to learn from these lessons."
Meanwhile, the town of Strelichevo in Belarus is placing renewed effort into its renewal by offering housing subsidies and encouraging families to move there. An elementary school for more than 100 children has re-opened. Children there learn about the accident and its consequences.