The dead zone

Ed George edgeorge at
Sat Sep 21 15:52:30 MDT 2002

The dead zone

It is 18 years since the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal exploded, killing
and maiming countless thousands as toxic gas swept over the city's
poorest inhabitants. Its US owners deserted the devastated site three
years ago, still contesting their liability to pay the victims
compensation. But the legacy of the disaster, and the continued lack of
any clean-up operation, claims more lives even today. Report by Derek

Saturday September 21, 2002

The Guardian

The world's worst industrial accident happened in the Indian city of
Bhopal around midnight on December 3 1984. The date and scale of the
disaster are among the few undisputed facts. But Bhopal didn't just
happen in 1984: it has been happening ever since. Babies are born with
monstrous deformities. Young people are physically twisted and brain
damaged by the ongoing contamination. Older people are spluttering out
their lives, their lungs, eyes and other organs corrupted by the gas
that spewed from the Union Carbide pesticide plant, after a tank
containing 40 tonnes of lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC) exploded.


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