On Thursday, I heard about the plans for a commemoration of the Bhopal Disaster, 30 years on. The World's Worst Industrial Disaster took place on the early morning of 3rd December 1984. There was gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The gas had a catastrophic impact, with many dying in their beds. There is an estimated of between 8,000 - 10,000 deathes within 72 hours. Another 15,000 have died since the disaster and 120,000 have chronic medical conditions as a result.
The site of the pesticide plant has never been cleared of the toxic waste from the gas leak The toxins are in the soil, plants, animals and drinking water. This devastating tragedy could have been averted. The Bhopal gas disaster was preventable. Trade unions had raised health and safety concerns about the plant. However, these were not acted upon. The management and company have obstructed any rehabilitation and prevented any liability.
For the 30th anniversary of the disaster, memorial gatherings in solidarity with the victims of Bhopal are planned on 3rd December.
Scottish Friends of Bhopal - http://sfobhopal.org/