It's been 30 years since Bhopal gas tragedy occurred on the night of 2 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) where cyanide gas accidently leaked into the air, killing thousands of residents in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.
More than one lakh people are still suffering the aftermath of the mishap and children are still born with twisted limbs, brain disorders and many other problems. Other diseases like cancer, neurological disorders and blindness among other such illnesses are also part of the city landscape.
The water is said to be contaminated affecting the health of people and a recent report suggested that the chemicals in drinking water in some colonies of the city matched with the water within the site.
Even after 30 years, tonnes of waste remain in the underground, where thousand were buried following the tragedy.
Meanwhile, various activists have filed a petition in the US courts against the multinational company to endure the cost of the cleanup, but Union Carbide, which spent almost $2 million to clean the site, said that the Indian government had taken control of the land in 1998.
"While Union Carbide continues to have the utmost respect and sympathy for the victims, we find that many of the issues being discussed today have already been resolved and responsibilities assigned for those that remain," Tomm F Sprick, Director of Union Carbide Information Center, told the Thomson Reuters in an email.
Meanwhile, Dr DK Satpathy, Forensic expert, who had performed autopsies on 11,000 bodies, all related to the 1984 gas leak has shared his memories of the tragic day with Mint.