35 Years Waiting for Justice – Union Carbide factory

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35 Years Waiting for Justice – Union Carbide factory

Gas has leaked from a Chemical Plant in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Many people have lost their lives in the accident and at least 200 people have been admitted to the hospital Union Carbide factory.

This incident brings back painful memories of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy. In the night between December 2 and 3 in Bhopal, gas called methyl iso-cyanate leaked from the company’s plant named Union Carbide and spread throughout the city overnight. The official death toll in the tragedy is stated to be 2,259, but other estimates suggest this number in the thousands. Apart from this, this gas leak has had an impact on people’s health for generations.

This was the Union Carbide factory where the poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leak that took place 30 years ago took more than 25,000 lives. Till date, Bhopal’s stigma of that accident has not been forgotten.

The affected families are waiting for compensation. People protesting outside the Chief Minister’s residence demand that the exact number of people affected in the accident be told and their families be compensated.

Union Carbide factory

Union Carbide factory

People still live around the Union Carbide factory from which poisonous gas was leaked. The water here is affecting their health badly. View of the colony settled behind the factory.

Most of the children born after the accident died prematurely and those who survived had some or the other physical problem. Some were crippled, some had deformities, autism and some had breathing problems.

According to the report by the human rights organization Amnesty International, the leakage of gas has badly contaminated the water of the area, which is impacting children till date.

Union Carbide factory

Union Carbide factory

In the last thirty years, there have been various protests and demonstrations, but till date there has not been justice in the part of the affected families.
Rampyari Bai, who lost many members of her family in the Bhopal gas tragedy, is standing on the threshold of old age. Even after 30 years, he has not lost hope of getting compensation.

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