25 Years after midnight: Bhopal tragedy revisited
25 November 2009
Mention "Chernobyl", and most people recognize the name immediately. Dozens died there, following a nuclear power plant accident, and thousands were sickened. But the world's worst industrial disaster - far worse - predated Chernobyl by a year and half in Bhopal.
|a memorial to the gas victims, situated just outside the abandoned Union Carbide plant|
|the abandoned Union Carbide plant|
Shortly after midnight, on December 3, 1984, thousands of people were killed when a cloud of chemicals leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant. 25 years later, coverage of the incident and its aftermath has settled into something of an annual ritual before the world's attention drifts away until the next anniversary.
But for many in Bhopal, the disaster isn't just a moment in history to be remembered on anniversaries. It's an ever-present part of their daily life.
Satinath Sarangi, the founder of Sambhavna clinic sees new patients every day who are suffering from the effects of the disaster. The clinic provides free medical care for survivors of the gas tragedy.