The Bhopal Disaster of 1984 was an industrial disaster that was caused by the accidental release of 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) from a Union Carbide India, Limited (UCIL, now known as Eveready Industries India, Limited) pesticide plant located in the heart of the city of Bhopal.
In the early hours of December 3, 1984, a holding tank with 43 tonnes of stored MIC overheated and released toxic heavier-than-air MIC gas mixture, which rolled along the ground through the surrounding streets killing thousands outright. The transportation system in the city collapsed and many people were trampled trying to escape. The gases also injured anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 people, at least 15,000 of whom later died.In addition, an investigation conducted in November 2004 confirmed that contamination is still present.
link to the Amnesty International report "Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal disaster 20 Years on"
LAST NEWS>>>>>> 16th OCT 2006:
Gas Leak near Bhopal:nearly 500 people affected...Villagers in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, which lies next to the state capital Bhopal, fell ill after inhaling gas from an unidentified source Saturday, PTI news agency reported.
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