MOSCOW — Evacuees from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster area complained in letters printed today of shabby treatment by local officials and a dearth of information about the long-term health effects of radiation.
The Communist Party newspaper Pravda, which printed the letters, urged party officials in the Ukraine to give fuller and more frank information about radiation levels and the prospects for evacuees eventually returning home.
The April 26 disaster at Chernobyl, 600 miles southwest of Moscow, has left at least 30 people dead and hundreds hospitalized. More than 100,000 people evacuated their homes, mostly within a 19-mile radius of the nuclear power station.
A letter signed by a group of women said, "We have many unanswered questions that make our suffering even harder.
"We do not see any consideration from officials. Several families are accommodated in one house. We do not know how to get allowances. We are not provided with clothing. Local officials are showing indifference."