Pripyat


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Pripyat

(prē`pyətyə) or

Pripet

(prĭ`pĕt), Pol. Prypeć, river, c.440 mi (710 km) long, rising NW of Kovel, NW Ukraine, near the Polish border, and flowing generally E through the Pripyat Marshes, S Belarus, into the Dnieper River in NE Ukraine. Navigable below Pinsk, it is connected by canals with the Western Bug River (forming part of the Vistula-Dnieper waterway) and with the Neman River. The Pripyat Marshes are a forested, swampy area (c.38,000 sq mi/98,400 sq km) extending along the Pripyat River and its tributaries from Brest in the west to Mogilev in the northeast and Kiev in the southeast. With a dense network of rivers, lakes, and canals, the marshes are largely coextensive with the Polesye lowland. Drainage of the swamps was begun c.1870; the eastern part is now used for pasturage and cultivation (especially potatoes). The marshes are also called the Pinsk Marshes.
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"You've got to have some sort of respect towards this kind of place," Mavrin said, taking a photo of the Ferris wheel at Pripyat's abandoned amusement park.
Because of the wind direction at the time Pripyat bore the brunt of the radiation, whereas the town of Chernobyl itself was much less affected.
So I think it has kind of ignited an interest that I wasn't aware of at the time," Adams said after the visit to a Soviet-era district, used by HBO as a filming location for Pripyat.
"The recent surge in attention around flights to Pripyat show that UK fans have become more than curious about Chernobyl, with many actively booking flights following the success of the TV drama."
The catastrophe, turned into the Chernobyl TV drama series by Sky Atlantic, happened near the city of Pripyat.
In the series, residents of Pripyat rush to a railway bridge for a better view of the fire, unaware of the danger of what they were seeing.
The HBO production, in association with Sky UK, has renewed interest in Chernobyl and dark tourism trips to Pripyat are up 30 per cent.
From first-responder firefighters who ended up in lead-lined coffins buried in cement, to physicists who voluntarily made their way towards Pripyat with full knowledge it would cut their lifespan to five years at most.
The plot revolves around a CIA agent dispatched to Pripyat -- the town inhabited by Chernobyl workers -- to gather intelligence on the nuclear power plant.
2km from Chernobyl, the Ukrainian ghost town of Pripyat, which was evacuated after one of the nuclear plant's reactors exploded in 1986, saw 70,000 visitor arrivals last year.