Chemical Safety Lacking at Bhopal

22 June 2010, Auckland N.Z.

In the early hours this morning, on our BBC connection to Channel One television, Dr Mira Shiva was interviewed about a disaster which occurred in India in 1984.

This was the year when thousands of people died in Madhyra Pradesh, Bhopal, India, as a direct result of a chemical disaster at the chemical plant run by Union Carbide India Limited, later to be taken over by Dow chemicals, and the Indian Government.

Since early December 1984, when this accident happened, it has been estimated, according to the BBC, that 25,000 people have died as a result of the explosion at the Union Carbide plant in Pradesh, Bhopal.

BBC footage showed people today who are suffering because of this accident: apart from the fact that families have suffered because of the many people who lost their lives, many of those who have survived are maimed by severe burns, blindness, and sickness as a result of the accident at the pesticide plant at Bhopal.

The extent of this chemical plant accident is never-ending for the survivors at Bhopal:

At the pesticide plant where the accident occured, Methyl Isocyanate gas, known as MIC, was leaked. This caused an explosion which has wrecked the lives of many.

The ongoing problem is serious: The people of Bhopal suffer still, because a proper clean-up has never been done at Bhopal. Chemicals still sit around the burnt-out factory. BBC footage showed us the abandoned factory, with jars and tins of stuff still lying about from the accident which took place 26 years ago. Chemicals have leaked into the ground, which has contaminated the ground water.

It is a good thing the BBC have alerted the world to this accident of 1984: I have just looked up the Bhopal disaster on the net and found that, in the last eight hours or so, Wickipedia has documented this disaster.

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