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The Bhopal Disaster

scuba"The Worst Industrial Disaster The World Has Ever Witnessed"

A few minutes before midnight on December 2, 1984 a leak of methyl-isocyanate (MIC) started in a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. Within an hour the vapor cloud had traveled 25 to 30 miles beyond the plant into the hundreds of thousands of people living in the city. Twenty-five hundred people died within the week from pulmonary edema but between 200,000 and 600,000 people would be affected for the rest of their lives.

  • So, what happened in the pesticide plant to cause the leak?
  • Could the leak have been prevented?
  • What where the health and environmental impacts of the leak and the ensuing disaster?
  • What was the response from Union Carbide and the Indian government?
  • What policies have been formed to prevent leaks from occurring in other plants?
  • Have the victims been able to access medical care
    and have their been reparations for the disaster?

Human rights and environmental activists are still asking these questions today.


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Website compiled by:

Liz Barajas, Kristen Godfrey, Mac McCullough, Kelly McMaken, Shelia McNallan, and Melissa Riedesel