Following the release of HBO’s hit TV series Chernobyl, tourists are being urged to show respect at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. 

The former nuclear plant and the abandoned neighbouring town have received a huge increase in visitors since the drama was released in May to critical acclaim. 

However, some selfie-taking tourists have sparked anger for failing to respect Chernobyl’s tragic history by taking inappropriate pictures of themselves at the disaster site.

One Instagram user posed in front of an abandoned building in Pripyat, the ghost town once home to 50,000 people who mainly worked at the plant, with her hazmat suit open and her underwear clearly visible.

Another made a victory gesture while smiling at a viewpoint overlooking the nuclear facility, and several more struck glamorous poses against a backdrop of a nuclear wasteland.

Taking to social media the show’s creator Craig Mazin urged visitors to "comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed".

He tweeted: "It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I've seen the photos going around.

"If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed."

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