Restoration after industrial disasters

In December 1984, a leak at the pesticide plant of the multinational chemical company Union Carbide in Bhopal in central India, released methyl isocyanate and other poisonous gases into the surrounding area. Thousands died and hundreds of thousands were estimated to have been injured in what has been termed the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Five years later Union Carbide and the government of India reached a settlement of $470 million as compensation for the victims. Many have regarded this amount as too low to adequately compensate all those affected. Reports indicate that thousands still suffer from the effects of the gases.

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