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Bhopal disaster (1984)

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« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2009, 01:35:12 pm »

Aftermath of the leakage

•   Medical staff were unprepared for the thousands of casualties.[1][2]
•   Doctors and hospitals were not informed of proper treatment methods for MIC gas inhalation. They were told to simply give cough medicine and eye drops to their patients.[1][2]
•   The gases immediately caused visible damage to the trees. Within a few days, all the leaves fell off.[1][2]
•   2,000 bloated animal carcasses had to be disposed.[1][2]
•   "Operation Faith": On December 16, the tanks 611 and 619 were emptied of the remaining MIC. This led to a second mass evacuation from Bhopal.[1][2]
•   Complaints of a lack of information or misinformation were widespread. The Bhopal plant medical doctor did not have proper information about the properties of the gases. An Indian Government spokesman said that "Carbide is more interested in getting information from us than in helping our relief work."[1][2]
•   As of 2008, UCC had not released information about the possible composition of the cloud.[1][2]
•   Formal statements were issued that air, water, vegetation and foodstuffs were safe within the city. At the same time, people were informed that poultry was unaffected, but were warned not to consume fish.[1][2]
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« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2009, 01:36:16 pm »

Compensation from Union Carbide

•   The Government of India passed the Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster Act that gave the government rights to represent all victims in or outside India.[1][2]
•   UCC offered US$350 million, the insurance sum.[1][2]
•   The Government of India claimed US$350 billion from UCC.[1][2]
•   In 1989, a settlement was reached under which UCC agreed to pay US$470 million (the insurance sum, plus interest) in a full and final settlement of its civil and criminal liability.[1][2]
•   When UCC wanted to sell its shares in UCIL, it was directed by the Supreme Court to finance a 500-bed hospital for the medical care of the survivors. Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) was inaugurated in 1998. It was obliged to give free care for survivors for eight years.[1][2]

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