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Bhopal Gas Tragedy: what happened on 3 December 1984

36 years of Bhopal Gas Tragedy and that intervening night of 2 and 3 December 1984. When the poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaks from the tank number 610 of the American company Union Carbide’s plant in Bhopal. The gas leak occurred at a time when the entire city of Bhopal was in a state of deep sleep. Unaware of the smell of gas, the people of Bhopal lurked inside the quilt on a cold night. But he was unaware that this would be his last night. 

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When people were awakened by the noise, all the people were trying to fight death floating in the air of Bhopal. By then the air of Bhopal had become so poisonous that more than 15 thousand people had lost the battle of life. According to government figures, 5,000 people died in the most terrible industrial tragedy of the century. But people says that more than 15 thousand people died in this accident. 

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Even today the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy are fighting the war with life. At the same time, those losing their loved ones are fighting a legal battle for compensation.  Locals say that gas leakage started in the factory after 10 pm. People started to realize after 11 pm. Methyl iso-cyanite gas was leaked from Union Carbide Company. About 5 lakh people were affected in the Bhopal gas tragedy. 

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Locals still say that thousands of people died within 1 hour. Those who slept at night could not see the morning of the next day. There was only screaming everywhere. It has been 36 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy. Every year on the anniversary of the event, people’s memories are renewed. Even today, the affected areas have the effect of poisonous gas.  The second and third generations of gas-affected people are vulnerable to some disease. Most children are still born mentally challenged. 

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During the corona infection, a lot of gas suffers in the cheek of the suffering period. Many people also suffer from thyroid. According to the information, 40 tons of gas was leaked from the factory. It is said that water was found in the poisonous gas methyl iso-cyanite in the tank number 610 of the factory.

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According to government figures, a total of 5, 74, 376 people were affected by the tragedy. At the same time, 5,295 people died. Of these, 5,21,00 affected received 25 thousand compensation. While the dead had received compensation of 10 lakh rupees. Apart from this, compensation of 1 lakh to 5 lakh rupees has been given to 48,000 affected.

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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