The Causes Of The Bhopal Gas Tragedy

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Answer 2: Bhopal Gas Tragedy The Bhopal gas tragedy (2nd December, 1984) is a world’s worst industrial catastrophe that killed over 3500 people in a single night and overall 15,000 people and still continued to endanger the lives of residents of Bhopal. Government agencies and voluntary groups have not learnt any lesson after this much disaster. Tragedy was that extensive that water around the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal is still contaminated due to the leaching of continuous leaked toxic chemicals and heavy metals in aquifers; and not suitable for consumption in daily use by human- beings and animals. Since it’s almost 20 years, but toxic poison have not cleaned up till now. To this date, 20,000 people still living the toxic affected areas and inhaling it through groundwater and soil contaminated products. Union Carbide welcomesUnion Carbide Corporation started trying to dissociate itself from the Bhopal gas tragedy from the much started time by manipulating and making complicated scientific data. Union Carbide, an American Corporation has refused to clean the site/ to provide compensation for those who have been injured or made ill by poison; fund medical care, health monitoring and information of leaked gases and their medical consequences; and livelihood opportunities for the exposure-induced persons for their usual trade. UCC denied the presence of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) but it has a valid point in having the HCN in tragedy. Because Methyl Isocynate (MIC) contains more deadly HCN if exposed to 200° heat; and the tragedy is possible only after this much of temperature rise in storage tank. This careless attitude accompanied with following factors leaded to catastrophe: 1. Lack in regular maintenance operations 2. Staff ab... ... middle of paper ... ...ntries). India is also one of them and Bhopal gas tragedy was result of the same phase. Another factor is the research institutions which are under government sponsorship and the adequate research is not carrying out at any of the environment relevant and occupational health hazard aspect. There are a number of projects on capacity building in livelihood security, environment conservation and pollution control etc but nothing is implemented in actual exercise and this is majorly because of the excessive control of government on such projects which led to the political issues and bureaucracy only. So these are the major issues I found for environmental crisis in developing countries. Government, non government agencies and the whole system involved in handling such practices need to be aware of all the consequences and mitigation strategies of such catastrophe.
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