AMERICAN CHEMICAL COMPANY WALKS AWAY, AND THE AREA REMAINS CONTAMINATED 30 YEARS LATER
BHOPAL, INDIA, DEC 2, 1984 – An accident at Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal in on December 2, 1984 killed 7000 people immediately and injured at least 150,000. It remains the worst industrial disaster on record, and the victims are still dying.
A faulty valve at the plant, which made Sevin pesticide, let nearly a ton of water pour into a tank holding 40 tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC). The resulting runaway reaction produced a massive lethal cloud of toxic gas.
- Initial deaths: approx 7,000.
- Maimed or deformed over 25 years: up to 500,000
- Current effects: About 120,000 to 150,000 residents of Bhopal continue to be ill. Clinics report a regular stream of patients complaining of diseases of the eyes, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain, reproductive and immune systems.The deadly MIC and other products were carried by wind to the neighboring communities, where it killed thousands in their beds. More died later after reaching hospitals and emergency aid centers. Today the death toll exceeds 20,000.