'The people feel forgotten' - Revisiting Chernobyl 30 years on from the disaster

Thirty years ago an explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine caused the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen.

The radiation cloud released spread across Europe, and affected hundreds of farms in north Wales.

Reporter Eifion Glyn filmed the initial aftermath for Y Byd ar Bedwar.

Now, he's been back, and has discovered claims that far more died as a result of the disaster than previously admitted by the authorities.

Eifion explored the abandoned villages in the exclusion zone surrounding the reactor, and met some of the people involved in the catastrophe, to try and find out the truth about the number of people who died as a result.

Eifion described the town of Pripyat as one of the 'strangest places' he's ever visited

The true scale of the damage is still the subject of fierce debate today.

Back then, the Soviet authorities insisted that only around 50 people died in the wake of the disaster, while ecological organisations like Greenpeace believe that the accident was the cause of thousands of deaths.

Determining the true impact of the accident is still a hot potato and nuclear diplomacy is a complex matter, but the accident has certainly had a deep psychological effect on people across the region and across the country. The trauma is still evident in the people I met.

Eifion Glyn

In the programme Y Byd ar Bedwar: Cysgod Chernobyl, Eifion also goes on the search for several people he interviewed first time around.

One of those people is Tatyana Lukina, one of the founders of the Mothers of Chernobyl campaign group, who battled with health problems and family tragedy since 1986.

Eifion reported on the disaster when it happened, and has now returned thirty years on

Ukraine is a country in crisis that was close to civil war until a recent truce; there is a lot of tension between the supporters of Russia and those who support the west, while the poverty I witnessed during my last visit in 1996 is still rife.

Eifion Glyn

For nearly 10 years, a consortium of companies has been building a New Safe Confinement structure above the crumbling Soviet era sarcophagus containing the reactor.

The project employs 3,000 people from 23 countries.

The giant structure will be complete in 18 months time

Amongst them is a Welshman.

John Morgan is originally from Pembrokeshire, and one of the managers tasked with building the largest moveable structure on Earth.

John Morgan

He revealed the project has another Welsh connection.

The 650,000 bolts holding the structure together are made by a company based in Wrexham.

One of the bolts used in the project

Watch Eifion's report for ITV News below:

You can see the whole programme on S4C on Sunday April 24 at 8pm.

The programme has English subtitles.