National Geographic : 1994 Aug
people died as a result of Chornobyl is a matter of speculation. Though documentation is lacking, the Chornobyl Union, a citizens group, estimates that 5,000 died and 30,000 were disabled, mostly liquidators. But economic costs are known. They include 30,000 square miles of contaminated farmland and billions of dollars in lost productivity and early pensions. The damages consume 15 percent of Ukraine's budget.