After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, which cause the release of radioactive materials into the environment. The people of Pripyat were evacuated from the area because of the high levels of radioactive materials that was released into the region.
High levels of radioactive materials are harmful to humans so the people had to be evacuated. People were not allowed to leave with pet animals as it was believed that the fur of their animals were already contaminated with radioactive materials.
It is believed that this region will not be safe for humans until after about 20,000 years of the incidence.
Pripyat was once a conceptual design city built by the Soviet government and was constructed in 1970. The workers of the nuclear powerplant inhabited the town. There was an explosion at the nuclear plant. It was reported that people had severe headaches, metallic tastes in their mouths, and uncontrollable fits of coughing and vomiting, which are the symptoms of radiation poisoning.
Due to exposure to elevated radiation levels, the people were evacuated the day after the incident. The power plant accident had caused the level of radiation to exceed natural standards by a thousand times. Before the disaster, Pripyat had all the luxuries of a modern city. It had a railway station, port, hospital, and a fairground.