Forget all those fake "zombie" movies. This is real. And even more frightening.
one of the themes in the story is to insist on the truth, and reject lies.
See podcast that discusses this here: LINKTOVIDEO
one is reminded of Soltzenitsyn's speech: Live not by lies:
several thoughts on all of this:
One: The Chernobyl meltdown was bad, and the government's denial of reality made it worse. The bureaucrats saw their ideas as truth, and punished or intimidated those who tried to show them what was real.
This was partly because of communism, but what is scary is the coverup of how close a similar meltdown almost happened at Three Mile Island and Fukushima.
Two: at Russia's request, the US sent over doctors who had expertise on bone marrow transplant (at that time experimental for leukemia) to try to save live.
Three: I remember the story about a group of students who had decided to visit Kiev that summer (because of bombs going off in Paris etc. they thought it would be safe) and ended up having to go home when Chernobyl happened
Hmm.. reminds one of the story of the appointment in Samarra.
Four: The name "Chernobyl" means wormwood, and there is a prophecy that Wormwood would poison one third of the earth. This Wikipedia article points debunks this idea. However, that is science: The prophecy is poetry, where people see a pattern behind an incident and use the "prophecy" to give it a deeper meaning... and if there is a prophecy that foretold the disaster, it meant that God was in control... so no matter what happened, it is his will.
Five: what stopped Chernobyl from poisoning the earth was the heroism of the "little people": Those who pushed back on the Bureaucratic lies, but also the firemen and others who risked their lives because it was was what they were supposed to do.
So when you ask :Where is God in this" the answer is: you are his hands when you do your duty.