The Bhopal gas tragedy took place on the night of 3rd December, 1984 and is among the world’s worst industrial disasters. On this fateful night a runaway reaction in a tank containing poisonous methyl isocyanate caused a pressure build up which finally led to a gas leak. The plant was operated by Union Carbide India Limited.
Close to 16,000 people were killed instantly and 6, 00,000 people affected in the city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Furthermore, around 20,000 premature deaths were reported in Bhopal in the next two decades.
The effects of this tragedy continue till today and may be seen in succeeding generations. Children of victims are born with severe congenital defects even into the second and third generations.
This year marks 39 years since ‘Bhopal died a million deaths’.
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