SELKIRK, MB – On the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman issued the following statement: “On April 26th, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred when a reactor at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant near Prypiat exploded, releasing large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. This disaster affected the lives of thousands of people in Ukraine, Belarus, the western USSR and Europe. “Four hundred times more radioactive material was released from Chornobyl than by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In the aftermath of the accident, 237 people suffered from acute radiation sickness, of which 31 died within the first three months. Long term health, environmental, and economic consequences resulting from this disaster are still being felt in Ukraine today. “We must never forget this awful disaster, from which the people of Ukraine continue to suffer. On this 30th anniversary, I ask Canadians to take time to remember the victims of this terrible tragedy, and to pray for those who suffered and continue to suffer.”