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30 Nov 2014

India: 30th anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy - victims still await justice

It's been 30 years since Bhopal gas tragedy occurred on the night of 2 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) where cyanide gas accidently leaked into the air, killing thousands of residents in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Estimates vary on death toll and more than one lakh people are still suffering the aftermath of the mishap and children are still born with congenital diseases. The water is said to be contaminated affecting the health of people, tonnes of waste remain in the underground, where thousand were buried following the tragedy. Activists have been fighting to hold Union Carbide accountable, and to claim justice for the victims of the world’s worst industrial disaster. “While Union Carbide continues to have the utmost respect and sympathy for the victims, we find that many of the issues being discussed today have already been resolved and responsibilities assigned for those that remain," said Tomm F Sprick, Director of Union Carbide Information Center.

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