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Containing the Chernobyl disaster 30 years on

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The New Safe Confinement covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
The New Safe Confinement covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Reuters/Gleb Garanich

30 years ago the Chernobyl disaster resulted in the world’s worst civil nuclear accident. The radioactive fallout formed a cloud that contaminated vast areas of Ukraine and spread across Central and Western Europe.

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Three decades on a huge metallic arch known as the New Safe Confinement now fully covers the Chernobyl’s fourth reactor.

More than 40 governments have contributed to the funding of the 1.5 billion euros arch with about half of the amount coming from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

With dismantling and decontamination of the Chernobyl reactor scheduled to start at the end of 2017, the total cost of the project is expected to reach 2.1 billion euros.

Correspondent Filip Warwick reports from Chernobyl.

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