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article imageTrauma continues 24 years after World's worst industrial disaster

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Dec 3, 2008 in Environment
Even 24 years after a poisonous gas leak killed 4,000 people in Bhopal in Central India, the people in the city suffer from serious health problems.
It was during the night of December 3rd 1984, nearly 40 tonnes of deadly poisonous methyl isocyanate leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, Central India, a city with a population of more than a million. Over 4,000 people died instantaneously and thousands were intoxicated. The plant was owned by a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation.
Thousands of people in the city are still suffering from serious lung problems and even children of affected parents are born with serious health problems.
A recent study conducted by a voluntary organization says
The children born to affected parents were shorter, thinner, lighter and had smaller heads. Also, children of exposed parents showed abnormal growth of upper part of their bodies - disproportionately smaller than their lower bodies.
Torch rallies were conducted in different parts of the city to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. Effigies of Warren Anderson, the then Chairman of Union Carbide were burnt at several places. The victims demand for proper compensation from Union Carbide. Union Carbide is now owned by Dow Chemicals.
The organisers of the rally saidThe people here are suffering from diseases like lung problems and other respiratory diseases. The children who are being born now are also facing problems like poor vision, less growth and lack of memory. It is very clear that Bhopal is a dying city.
Union Carbide has given over $ 100 million in compensation to the victims of the tragedy till date.
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