Haunting images of Chernobyl 30 years on

Three decades after the world's worst ever nuclear fallout, one photographer went back into the no-go zone.

April 26, 2016

Today marks 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear disaster. 

When a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine caught fire on 26 April, 1986, all 50,000 residents in the nearby town of Pripyat were evacuated. 

At the time the local people believed it was a short-term evacuation and took only the most necessary items. Three decades later, the bulk of their personal belongings remain, untouched by civilisation. 

Roland Verant, a photographer, went back to the area last year to capture images of what Pripyat looks like today. Unsurprisingly, the results are incredibly spooky. What was once a bustling community, that was home to many families who worked at the nuclear plant, is now a ghost town reclaimed by nature.