The Bhopal gas tragedy was a gas leak incident on Dec., 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India - considered one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes. A leak of methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals from the plant resulted in the exposure of hundreds of thousands of people. As many as 25,000 deaths have been attributed to the disaster in recent estimates.
Photo by: David Graham, Changing Ideas. Available for free use upon request to the Bhopal Medical Appeal. The Abandoned Union Carbide Pesticide Plant, Bhopal, India HISTORY A gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India saw the beginning of the worst industrial disaster in history. It has come to be known as the Hiroshima of the chemical industry. 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas, used in the manufacture of the pesticide Sevin, spewed from the plant into the…
Just after midnight on December 3, 1984, tens of thousands of pounds of methyl isocyanate (MIC), a highly toxic gas used in manufacturing chemicals, leaked into the air over Bhopal from the city’s Union Carbide pesticide plant. The plumes of poisonous vapour killed 3,200 people in the immediate aftermath
Thirty one years ago, on this day, a tragedy took place, deadly plumes of poisonous Methyl Isocyanate gas—about 500 times more toxic than cyanide– leaked from the Union Carbide factory and killed more than 8,000 immediately