Chernobyl and Pripyat are not the only inhabited places that suffered from the Chernobyl catastrophe, of course. It affected 230 settlements in the Kiev and Zhitomir regions and approximately the same number of settlements in Belarus. The contaminated villages on the Belorussian side were mostly buried while the Ukrainian ones are still getting slowly overgrown and captured by the nature. However
some houses are taken care of - their windows are regularly painted, gardens nearby are well-kept. Yes, some people do come back to the exclusion zone - mainly elderly ones who remember the war days, it's very important for them - to live on the native land. They amounted to a bit more than a thousand, less than 200 remained. One old couple even lives in the 10 km zone.