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2 Dez 2009

25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, 2 Dec 2009

In pics: Bhopal gas tragedy, Times of India, 2 Dec 2009
A quarter century has passed since the world's worst industrial disaster killed thousands in Bhopal after tonnes of poisonous methyl-isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984, killing about 4,000 people instantly...

Bhopal's continuing disaster, John Elliott, Financial Times, 2 Dec 2009
The site remains virtually as it was 25 years ago, with gaunt steel structures and dilapidated factory buildings still standing, as governments and pressure groups argue about what should be done to clean it up along with nearby chemical dumpsites. Court cases continue in India, the US and elsewhere, while Dow of the US, which has taken over Union Carbide, runs for cover.

Amnesty Intl. - Take Action - Justice for the Bhopal Victims, Dec 2009
For 25 years the Indian government has failed the people of Bhopal. Promises have been repeatedly broken and no adequate action has ever been taken to address the impacts of the gas leak. While the people of Bhopal have struggled to obtain even basic relief such as clean water, the companies involved have evaded accountability and obstructed the efforts of victims to secure reparation. Send an email to the Indian Prime Minister now...

Poisoned Water Haunts Bhopal 25 Years After Deadly Accident, Sarah Goodman, New York Times, 1 Dec 2009
Twenty-five years after a toxic gas cloud from a pesticide factory killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, groundwater at the accident site -- a drinking water supply for 15 communities -- remains contaminated, according to a report released today by an advocacy group and a medical clinic.

The remains of the night, Akshai Jain, Mint, 26 Nov 2009
At the Chingari Trust, a rehabilitation centre for children of gas victims born with congenital defects, seven-year-old Kushi Verma’s twisted frame lies on her mother’s lap. She was born with cerebral palsy. Her spine is so curved that she can’t even sit straight...Verma and others...are at the core of a debate that continues to rage 25 years after the leak of methyl isocyanate from Union Carbide’s factory here. Are these ailments...a result of that leak, and the continuing impact of pollutants in and around the factory?...there are two, opposite schools of thought...

Their story is the story of Bhopal, Akshai Jain, Mint, 23 Nov 2009
The intervening night of 2-3 December 1984 changed life for everyone in Bhopal...Rashida Bee...[and]...Her colleague Champa Devi Shukla...would have been just another housewife in a basti [slum] in Bhopal...Instead, they now represent the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy at conferences and demonstrations across the world. In 2004, they received the Goldman Environmental Prize, given to grass roots activists, for the work they have done with Bhopal’s poor. And they’re managing trustees of the Chingari Trust that works with children with congenital defects born to survivors of the

25 yrs on, a walk through the Carbide plant, Akshai Jain, Mint, 21 Nov 2009
A gentle breeze blows through the rusting carcass of the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal...the Madhya Pradesh government wanted to throw... [the factory]...open to the world for the first time ever...two weeks before the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy...to show...that the plant was completely safe and to dispel fears that hazardous chemicals were still scattered in the factory...Activists working with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal...see the move as one in a series of efforts by the government to absolve itself of any further responsibility.

Union Carbide statement on Bhopal disaster

Dow Chemical statement on Bhopal disaster