The Bhopal Gas tragedy was the outcome of the worst industrial mishap of the world🌍.
It occurred in Bhopal at a pesticide plant🏭 of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) which is now known as Dow Chemicals.
How did it happen?
On the intervening night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd 1984🗓, about 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC), an extremely toxic gas leaked💭 from the UCC’s plant.
Early in the next morning, a breeze carried the poisonous gas to the rest of the city🏙 and the surrounding towns killing people, most of whom were in their sleep🛌.
Most of those who managed to survive suffered dizziness, breathlessness😣, and skin irritation ; some reported sudden blindness.
The Death and injury toll
As per official records, the Bhopal gas tragedy killed 3,800 people😢 but the realistic figure is close to 15,000😱.
In all, more than five lakh people were affected with about four thousand suffering severe and permanently disabling injuries♿.
Even to this day, thousands of survivors👥 and their descendants👶🏻 are suffering from respiratory diseases and from damage to internal organs and immune systems.
The long legal fight
In the aftermath of the tragedy, civil and criminal cases were filed in the courts🏛 of Bhopal and the U.S against UCC and Warren Anderson, the company’s CEO at the time of the disaster.
But the judicial process dragged on🤦🏻♂ for many years without any outcome.
Anderson managed to remain out of law’s pursuit and died of old age👴🏻 in 2014 in the U.S.A.
The Compensation: too little, too late
In 1998, Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million💰 to settle the litigation process.
However, it is an accepted fact that very little money in actual reached the victims🤷♂.
The fight goes on
Survivors along with various organisations fighting✊ on their behalf continue to seek adequate compensation and proper medical care.
Environmentalists😇 have also been demanding cleaning of the groundwater and soil which became contaminated☠ after the incident.