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The Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984

First Online: December 12, 2005
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

In the early morning of December 3, 1984 residents of city of Bhopal were woken by breathing problems. A poisonous gas -- methyl isocyanate (MIC) -- had been leaking in the Union Carbide pesticide plant located in the city.

Some half a million people were exposed, resulting in deaths of thousands of people (the exact count not known, but in the range of 4,000 to 25,000).

Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the biggest industrial accident the world has seen.

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