Today, some 176 self-settlers live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Vitaly Petruk said during a press tour to Chernobyl, according to a QHA correspondent.

“A total of 12 thousand employees, including the police, come to the exclusion zone on a rotational basis. Some 176 self-settlers also live there,” said Petruk.

Reference. On April 26, 1986, an explosion of the fourth reactor occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which led to numerous casualties among emergency workers.

Under the decree by President of Ukraine issued in 2006, December 14 was set as the Day of honoring liquidators of the Chernobyl accident. The construction of the sarcophagus over the destroyed reactor was completed on that this year.