Many liquidators were praised as heroes by the Soviet government and the press, while some struggled for years to have their participation officially recognized.
From Afghanistan they call the most experienced pilots to fly aircraft. Of these, soldiers, who do not have protection, throw 80 kg sandbags with their bare hands. Crews performed 10-15 sorties per day. The fire in the reactor was extinguished in the evening of April 30th. Helicopters started to build a layer of sand.
To work attracted miners from Tula. Their task is to get to the reactor and build a chamber 30x30 meters under the reactor in order to install refrigeration units. A group of miners, 30 people, is replaced every 3 hours, work goes on around the clock. Nobody warned them about the danger.
After the population was evacuated from the village of Pripyat, the liquidators washed away radioactive dust from streets, trees and houses. The liquid that was watered over the entire contaminated area was called "burda". This sticky substance knocked the radioactive dust to the ground and glued it.
No one, up to this point, has worked with such a high level of radiation - 7 000 roentgens per hour. They had to replace cars to clear the roof of radioactive debris. They managed to reduce the level of radiation by 30%.
"Imagine your hands, 1 500 roentgens, when you arrive at the dislocation point, after work, then your hands hurt, don`t shrink. These are the consequences."