Bhopal Disaster

On the night from the 2nd to the 3rd of December 1984, Bhopal, an indian city of Madhya Pradesh, suffered a massive tragedy provoked by a chemical leak. Tons of Methyl isocyanate (MIC), a terribly toxic gas, escaped from the Union Carbide India Limited pesticides plant, which had cut funds for the maintaining of the security systems that should protect a disaster like this. The gas spread silently and incredibly fast, killing thousands of people in near neighborhoods directly in their beds, suffocating them. Other thousands tried to flee Bhopal, but the final death toll was of between 15 000 to 20 000 people. The half million survivors were affected by severe respiratory problems, some became blind, along with many other symptoms of exposure to the gas. In 2006, the indian government stated that there had been more than 550 000 injuries due to the leak. At the time of the disaster, Union Carbide Corporation, the mother firm of UCIL, paid around $470 million to the indian government. Some victims received compensations of a few hundred dollars. 25 years later, the industrial waste present in the site was still immense, and the soil and water contaminated, continuing to cause severe health issues. In 2010, eight men were convicted for what is considered as the worst industrial disaster in history. However,  today’s owner of former UCIL, Dow Chemical, UCC and Warren Anderson, CEO at the time of the tragedy, have so far escaped any trial. You can read more about it here!

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