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An Ocean of Possibilities

An Ocean of Possibilities

Alex Masi

Bhopal Second Disaster

In 1984 the poison gas leak in Bhopal, India, claimed 8000 lives and injured countless more. Thirty years later there are still a hundred thousand people chronically ill from the effects of the gas cloud that escaped from the Union Carbide factory. The remaining poison keeps polluting the drinking water and has caused a sharp rise in the number of children with birth defects. The law suit against DOW Chemical (the company that bought Union Carbide) still drags on after thirty years. Abandoned by their own government, the population have no other choice than take things into their own hands. For instance, Rashida Bi and Champa Devi Shukla were widowed in the disaster. They established the Chingari Trust Rehabilitation Centre, which has seen to it that the local authorities regularly provide the most polluted neighbourhoods of the city with clean drinking water.