A gas leak incident on 2 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. Over 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate gas. The highly toxic substance made its way into and around the small towns located near the plant.

Estimates vary on the death toll. The official immediate death toll was 2,259. The government of Madhya Pradesh confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release.

A total of 36 wards were marked by the authorities as being “gas affected,” affecting a population of 520,000. Of these, 200,000 were below 15 years of age, and 3,000 were pregnant women. The official immediate death toll was 2,259, and in 1991, 3,928 deaths had been officially certified. The government of Madhya Pradesh confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release / Image: unknown, via reddit.com
The Union Carbide Corp. plant in Bhopal Image: by Vibhuti Agarwal / The Wall Street Journal 

The Indian government and local activists argue that slack management and deferred maintenance created a situation where routine pipe maintenance caused a backflow of water into a MIC tank, triggering the disaster. Union Carbide Corporation argues water entered the tank through an act of sabotage.

A memorial for the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy/ Image: via legallyindia.com

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Featured Image: The Union Carbide Corp. plant in Bhopal / Image: via bhopal.net

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