After the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant more than 20,000 people were evacuated and resettled from Khoiniki District. The number of residents in the area almost halved. Ten schools and 20 healthcare and cultural establishments were closed. 26 villages found themselves in the 30-kilometer evacuation zone. Among them is the village Babchin, a so-called outpost at the border with the evacuation zone. A number of manufacturing and research subdivisions of the Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve are located in the village.
Pictured is the Memorial of Grief with the engraved names of all former villages from the evacuation zone.
Photo by Sergei Kholodilin, BelTA