Originally posted by no1marauder
The people around Chernobyl are big fans of this "clean and cheap" way to boil water.
Less than 100 deaths have been directly attributed to the Chernobyl disaster - several orders of magnitude less than the amount of deaths due to pollution from coal plants and exhaust fumes.
But we all know the site is still super dangerous:
There has been an ongoing scientific debate about the extent that flora and fauna of the zone were affected by the radioactive contamination that followed the accident. No scientifically documented cases of mutant deformity in animals of the zone were reported other than partial albinism in swallows. There have been individual eyewitness reports of other animal mutations but no comprehensive statistical analysis has been completed to date. Some studies indicate that the radiation has had an adverse effect on birds in the area.. The cloud of heavily polluted dust left the Red Forest (Rudyi Lis)—a strand of highly-irradiated pine wood near the plant, which was subsequently bulldozed.
There have been reports that wildlife has flourished due to significant reduction of human impact. For this reason, the zone is considered by some as a classic example of an involuntary park. Populations of traditional Polesian animals (like wolves, wild boar and Roe Deer), red deer, moose, and beaver have multiplied enormously and begun expanding outside the zone. The area also houses herds of European wisent and Przewalski's Horses released there after the accident. Even extremely rare lynx have appeared, and there are reports of tracks from brown bear, an animal not seen in the area for several centuries. Special game warden units are organized to protect and control them.
The rivers and lakes of the zone pose a significant threat of spreading polluted silt during spring floods. They are systematically secured by dikes.