Haunting images from town abandoned after nuclear disaster 30 years ago

These are the haunting photos of a town devastated by the world’s worst nuclear disaster 30 years ago.

Staffroom in the city hospital

Staffroom in the city hospital

Photojournalist and tourist guide Anton Petrus, from near Kiev in the Ukraine, took the photos in Pripyat – the city famous for the Chernobyl disaster which shook the world in 1986.

Discarded items left behind

Discarded items left behind

A half-finished game of chess, a sea of gas masks and a newspaper from 1986 are just some of the scenes 29-year-old Anton captured.

City Hospital. Maternity ward.

City Hospital. Maternity ward.

Photographing the area, once home to 50,000 people, he said: “Pripyat is the worst place I’ve ever been.

Old newspaper

Old newspaper

“I first visited five years ago and the first thing I thought was ‘this place looks like our planet after humanity disappears’.”

The dining room in a school

The dining room in a school

Abandoned beds, cots, wheelchairs and bedpans litter the hospital where he shot some of the images.

The biological office in school

The biological office in school

“The hospital I took pictures in was terrible. Some of the guys I was with likened it to Silent Hill – it’s only lacking only the nurses with knives.”

A sea of gas masks

A sea of gas masks

“The scope of the disaster is somehow felt here the most, perhaps because it wasn’t plundered or because of the feeling that thousands of lives passed through this building.

Portraits of the Communist Party leaders for parades and processions. House of Culture

Portraits of the Communist Party leaders for parades and processions. House of Culture

“I definitely wouldn’t want to be there after sunset.”

Examination table in the hospital

Examination table in the hospital

He explained that he also found photographing the classrooms difficult.

Propaganda materials in school

Propaganda materials in school

Anton said: “It seems that if you listen hard enough you will hear the children’s voices.”