Chernobyl creator hits out at 'disrespectful' tourists

Military helicopters fly over the burning reactor in HBO's chilling Chernobyl. (HBO)

Craig Mazin, the screenwriter and creator of new TV series Chernobyl, has responded to reports that "influencers" have been flocking to the doomed nuclear power plant in Ukraine to share inappropriate photos from the tragic location.

Some of the images, first shared on Instagram but now circulating on Twitter, show tourists flippantly posing in the exclusion zone around the plant, including one that shows a half-naked woman in an unzipped HAZMAT suit.

The success of the show, which recounts the events that led to the 1986 nuclear disaster in Soviet Russia and the fallout, has reportedly given tourism to the area a huge boost.

One Chernobyl tour agency reported a 40% rise in trip bookings since the series, made by HBO and Sky Atlantic, began in May.

English language tours to the site are said to cost around $100 (£78) and usually consist of a round trip from Kiev to the town of Chernobyl, a visit to the plant itself, and a walk around Pripyat which housed 50,000 people but is now empty after being evacuated in the aftermath of the explosion on 26 April, 1986.

Actors Stellan Skarsgard, from left, Emily Watson, Jared Harris, creator/writer Craig Mazin, actress Jessie Buckley and director/executive producer Johan Renck attend the screening for "Tribeca TV : Chernobyl" during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

31 people were officially recorded by Soviet Russia as killed in the Chernobyl disaster, but estimates for the total number of victims range from 4,000 to 93,000.

Mazin has confirmed there are no plans for a second season of Chernobyl.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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