Bhopal Tragedy : An Analysis Essay

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Bhopal Tragedy: An Analysis of the Health Problems due to Human Errors On December 3, 1984 during the early morning hours, a cloud of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate, spread across the town of Bhopal, India from the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plan (Dutta, 2002). This was the beginning of the world’s worst industrial disaster. Residents of the town woke up in coughing fits due to fluid accumulation in their lungs. Many died that night but exact number is unknown. Union Carbide says the death toll that night was around 3,800 but municipal workers who picked up the bodies say the toll is closer to 15,000. Other estimates say around 8,000 died in the first week (Union Carbide’s Disaster). Most of these individuals died from such choking, circulatory collapse, or pulmonary edema. One survivor described the experience as follows, “It felt like somebody had filled our bodies up with red chillies, our eyes had tears coming out, noses were watering, we had froth in our mouths. The coughing was so bad that people were writhing in pain. Some people just got up and ran in whatever they were wearing or even if they were wearing nothing at all. Somebody was running this way and somebody was running that way, some people were just running in their underclothes. People were only concerned as to how they would save their lives so they just ran. Those who fell were not picked up by anybody, they just kept falling, and were trampled on by other people. People climbed…

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