Bhopal gas tragedy is not an unknown terminology for anyone here. This incident is taken to be the most disgusting industrial accident ever. Well calling it an accident would be an understatement. The company i.e. Union Carbide India Limited was working on unethical grounds and whatever that happened on that night was something that they […]
Bhopal gas tragedy is not an unknown terminology for anyone here. This incident is taken to be the most disgusting industrial accident ever. Well calling it an accident would be an understatement. The company i.e. Union Carbide India Limited was working on unethical grounds and whatever that happened on that night was something that they might have already known would happen. The company did not work for its people nor ever thought of the welfare of the nation it was working in. This is evident from the fact that even after 30 years of this disaster, the people of this city are still awaiting justice. The appalling state of the people here failed to move the stone hearted authorities at the company as well as the Indian Government.
Overview of the Incident: –
On an unfortunate night of 2nd and 3rd December in the year 1984, around 40 tons of a highly poisonous gas MIC (Methyl isocyanate) leaked from the storage tank 610 from the Union Carbide pesticide plant located in Bhopal. The city was asleep and was unaware of the wrath that has been brought upon them. The gas being heavier than the air remained close to the ground and started spreading in the densely populated area around the pesticide plant. As the sleeping inhabitants inhaled the fuming gas they were woken up by severe burning eyes and lungs, difficulty in breathing, stomach ache, vomiting etc. The city people fled from their homes only to see the chaos taking a toll over lives. More than 3 thousand people died due to immediate inhalation of the gas while within the first 10 days the death count reached to around 8,000. More than 15,000 people died while thousands were injured and disabled (some permanently). The people of Bhopal were left on their own as no one knew how to handle such a calamity. Neither the doctors nor the authorities knew how to handle MIC exposure. As a result the people who survived the night also kept on dying.
Those who were blessed with a life were disabled i.e. blinded permanently or suffered from permanent disorders of lungs, liver, gastro and reproductive system. Hundreds of fetus dies in the womb, there were hundreds of still births and children who were born after the incident were born with abnormalities.
What was done for the people?
A lot was spoken in favor of the people but the shameful fact is that that a fraction of it has actually being implemented.
Appalling state of the people:
The people of Bhopal are awaiting justice even after 30 years of hardships, suffering and pain. It pricks to see that our very own government is so ignorant towards the plight of its own people. Whether or not Bhopal will seek justice; still needs to be seen.
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