The Bhopal Disaster
By Colleen Larsen and Olivia Fowler
One of the Worst Industrial Accidents in History
On December 3, 1984 over 45 tons of Methyl Isocyanate was excreted from an insecticide plant named Union Carbide Corporations which was an Indian Subsidiary of an American Company. When the gas leaked it drifted over the densely populated slums in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh state, India. It caused mass hysteria in the area as thousands of people were killed immediately and thousands more tried desperately to flee. The final toll was between 15,000 and 20,000.
These are people who are now blind due to the gas leak sitting outside of the factory.
Only a few of the victims of the disaster as seen in the forensic department of the hospital.
The contaminated drinking water in Bhopal.
Thousands of people died and those who survived suffered major health problems like respiratory problems, eye irritation, blindness, and many others from the exposure to Methyl Isocyanate. Even over 30 years later the drinking water and soil is still contaminated and is the suspected cause for the chronic health problems and high rates of birth defects in the area.
Victims being treated at the chronically understaffed hospital set up exclusively to help the victims.
Many of the victims children are born with mental and physical handicaps.
Victims lined up weeks after the tragedy waiting for medical treatment.
UCIL did some cleanup work before the sale of its stock in 1994. They spent 2 million dollars on the effort. And began construction on a secure landfill to hold waste as well as two solar evaporation ponds. After the sale the new owners Eveready Industries India Limited (EIIL) took over the cleanup and finished the construction of the landfill. In 1998 the Madhya Pradish State Government took over the site and cancelled EIIL lease. Since then the cleanup efforts have slowed to a trickle. Over 400 tons of industrial waste are still present on the site. Sparking decades of protest among the survivors and many other.
A social group protesting the neglect of the clean up.
Some of the toxic wastes still left in the factory.
The Union Carbide Plant the leaked the toxic gas is now deserted.
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