Bhopal: the ongoing disaster

Rapport - 30 november, 2001
On the night of December 2nd-3rd 1984, about 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate and other lethal gases leaked from Union Carbide Corporation's pesticide factory in Bhopal, India. It was the worst chemical disaster in the history of the world. An estimated 3,500 - 7,500 people died from direct exposure to the gas but the exact figure remains uncertain. Sadly, the night of the disaster was only the start of a tragedy that is still unfolding. Union Carbide, which owned the pesticide plant at the time of the gas leak, abandoned its pesticide factory leaving large quantities of dangerous poisons behind. It left the people of Bhopal with a contaminated water supply and a toxic legacy that is still causing injury today.

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