Uploaded on Jan 6, 2010
These children live in the bustees near to the abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory, site of the World's worst industrial disaster.
But, this disaster site was never cleared of its toxic chemicals and they have contaminated the local drinking water. There are tens of thousands of people who have no regular and reliable supply of water other than this toxic supply.
The water contains numerous highly toxic chemical and these chemicals are know to cause many serious health problems. They cause cancer, they damage the organs and they cause birth defects.
The water was tested, by three different organisations, in 2009 and each of them found extremely high levels of toxic contamination. Some of these chemicals, including Carbon Tetrachloride a known carcinogen, exceed safe levels by several thousand times.
Please see www.bhopal.org for more details of the contamination and the tests.
A gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India saw the beginning of the worst industrial disaster in history. It has come to be known as the Hiroshima of the chemical industry.
40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas, used in the manufacture of the pesticide Sevin, spewed from the plant into the surrounding areas.
8-10,000 people died within the first 72 hours and another 15,000 people have died as a result of their exposure to the gas. Another 120,000 have chronic medical conditions that require constant healthcare.
(For comparison, Chernobyl is estimated to have caused 57 direct deaths, with some 4,000 additional deaths from cancer).
Union Carbide, the perpetrator of the disaster, is now owned by Dow. Dow have consistently refused to accept any responsibility for the disaster or its aftermath.
The disaster site was never cleared of its toxic waste. The environment, all around the factory, is heavily contaminated and the toxins have now leached in to the drinking water aquifer. An estimated 25,000 people have no other regular source of drinking water and are forced to drink this water contaminated with toxic chemicals.
The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds the Sambhavna Clinic. Sambhavna is the only place that offers free treatment to anybody affected by the toxic gas or the toxic water.
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