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Bhopal Gas tragedy - 31 years on: A third generation might be at risk

Gas affected areas in Bhopal are still bereft of basic amenities

Gas affected areas in Bhopal are still bereft of basic amenities
Gas affected areas in Bhopal are still bereft of basic amenities

The parents of Birju in the dense Kainchi Chhola area of Bhopal do not know why the four-year-old cannot walk or speak. Birju's parents are wary of providing their son's health details. They do not want him to be tagged a gas victim. On the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, methyl-isocyanate escaped from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, converting the city into a lethal gas chamber. The US multinational Union Carbide Corp was not prepared to deal with an industrial disaster on this scale. And 31 years later, neither are the state or central governments. Several ...