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Bhopal gas tragedy (1986)

The Bhopal disaster was a gas leak incident in India, considered the world's worst industrial disaster. It occurred on the night of 2-3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal. Over 500,000 people were exposed to toxic gas and other chemicals. The toxic substance made its way in and around the shantytowns located near the plant. The official immediate death toll was 2,259.
The government confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. Others estimate 8,000 died within two weeks and another 8,000 or more have since died from gas-related diseases. A government affidavit in 2006 stated the leak caused 558,125 injuries including 38,478 temporary partial injuries and approximately 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries.

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