Voice 2: Lena Kostuchenko lived near Chernobyl. She and her husband were visiting her mother on the day of the accident. She was five months pregnant. Lena remembers:
Voice 3: "We were waiting for a bus, but no bus came. A policeman came and said that there would be no busses because there had been an accident."
"On the next Sunday, I had to go to work in Pripyat. Again there were no busses, so we set off on foot. But I began to feel very sick before I had walked half way."
Voice 1: The Soviet government tried to keep the accident a secret. They did not want the world to know what happened. But the government could not hide the radioactive fallout. The people living around Chernobyl, and across Europe could tell something was wrong.