25 years on, Bhopal still suffers from gas leak tragedy

Bhopal-disasterT.R. Chouhan walked solemnly through the rusted remains of the Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India. "I come here frequently," he said. "We used to work here, and now this is the condition of the plant. So it feels really bad."

Chouhan was a 10-year veteran employee of the plant when disaster struck 25 years ago. Shortly after midnight on December 3, 1984, a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas wafted into the Bhopal atmosphere. Outside the factory's concrete walls, quiet neighborhoods quickly became chaotic.

"Everybody started screaming, 'There's a gas leak, there's a gas leak!' So we started running," recalled Bhopal resident Bashiran Bi.

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