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The disaster haunts Bhopal

On the night of December 2, 1984 a toxic gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant was a terrible tragedy that continues to evoke strong emotions even 30 years later, disaster haunts Bhopal survivors. When the sun rose the next morning, the magnitude of devastation was clear. Dead bodies of humans and animals blocked the street, leaves turned black and a smell of burning chili peppers lingered in the air. Plant run by Union Carbide leaked about 40 tons of deadly methyl isocyanate gas into the air in Bhopal, quickly killing about 4,000 people. Lingering effects of the poison pushed the death toll to about 15,000 over the next few years. In November 1984, most of the safety - systems were not functioning and many valves and lines were in poor condition. In addition, several vent gas scrubbers had been out of service as well as the steam boiler, intended to clean the pipes. The pipes were rusty, The rust in the iron pipes made the reaction faster. All the contents of the tank were released within a period of about two hours. The tank had been maintained badly. I can feel the pain of Mohammed Ismail, Alia, Rasida Bibi, Kanhya and much, more people of Bhopal Who suffering from leukorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, excessive menstrual bleeding, and suppression of lactation. Civil and criminal cases were filed in the District Court of Bhopal causing death by negligence. But justice has eluded the people of Bhopal for more than 20 years. Union Carbide, refuses to assume these liabilities in India or clean up the toxic poisons left behind.


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  1. Date: 12/3/2014 11:19:00 AM

    A powerful piece of writing!! I remember the disaster at Bhopal only too well. The pictures broadcast by the worlds television media were a scene from the Somme!! God rest their souls...and may they all find everlasting peace. Amen.