Bhopal (Great Disasters, Reforms and Ramifications) by John Riddle

By John Riddle

Provides an account of the 1984 chemical twist of fate on the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, and explores how the research of such injuries can result in defense reform.

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Of course, I do not remember this incident at all, I was seven months old at the time, but much later, I found out the details. My family and I had been visiting my aunt in Bhopal, India. On the night of December 2, 1984, the Union Carbide Factory at Bhopal sprung a gas leak. Tons of Methyl Iso Cyanate (MIC), hydrogen cyanide, and other lethal gases were released into the air. My parents have told me numerous times about how fortunate we were that the wind had changed direction before much of the gas reached our house.

As the three men exited the plane, they were met by Police Superintendent Swaraj Puri and District Collector Moti Singh. They were then directed to a car that had been driven onto the tarmac near the airplane. The car sped away and left through a side gate to avoid the hordes of media that had gathered to cover their arrival. A few minutes later, the car arrived at a guesthouse, and the three men were directed to a suite of rooms that were usually reserved for VIPs. Anderson and his companions noted that there were over three dozen police officers standing guard around the building.

30 am I suddenly awoke to find that my quilt was on the floor despite it being a winters night. ”) There used to be a food inspector who lived opposite our house and I could hear his voice outside. From inside the house I shouted asking him what was going on. He shouted back that gas had leaked from Carbide and that I should not open the door. By this time smoke had started seeping through from under the door. That was when the coughing started.

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