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The Bhopal gas tragedy, which occurred on December 2, 1984, was one of the worst industrial disasters in history. The toxic gas leak from the Union Carbide factory resulted in the death of thousands of people and left a lasting impact on the survivors. Almost four decades later, the memories of that fateful night continue to haunt the residents of Bhopal.
The numbers speak for themselves - at least 3,787 people lost their lives, and over five lakh were physically affected by the gas leak. These numbers are a grim reminder of the enormity of the tragedy and the long-lasting consequences it has had on the lives of the survivors.
Mahendrajeet Singh, a gas victim and retired chief reservation superintendent of railways, vividly recalls the events of that night. He remembers the chilling fear that ran through his veins as he witnessed people collapsing dead around him. He, along with his family, managed to escape the deadly gas by fleeing their house on a scooter and on foot. They sought refuge in a hotel located four kilometers away.
The impact of the toxic gas was not limited to human lives alone. Singh noticed the aftermath of the gas leak on the vegetation around his house. The leaves of a peepal tree near his home had fallen, making the tree appear lifeless and dead. Similar effects on trees and plants were seen in other parts of the city as well.
The Bhopal gas tragedy has had long-term consequences for the survivors. Many of them continue to suffer from health issues, both physical and psychological. The government's response to the tragedy and the level of compensation provided to the victims have been subjects of ongoing debate and criticism.
The Bhopal gas tragedy serves as a solemn reminder of the importance of industrial safety and the devastating consequences that can arise from negligence. It is essential to learn from such tragedies and take appropriate measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. The survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy deserve justice and support as they continue to live with the aftermath of the disaster.