Passing the Buck on Bhopal

People still think of India’s Bhopal tragedy, when 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the Union Carbide factory, as one tragic night in December 1984, writes Apoorva Mandavilli—but the disaster is still unfolding.
The leak, Mandavilli writes, divided Bhopal’s residents into those who could afford to escape, and those who could not. Dozens likely died in the immediate aftermath, but another 500,000 continue to suffer from the hundreds of tons of lingering contaminated waste, Amnesty International has reported.
But the companies involved—UCC, its current owner DowDuPont, and the Indian government continue to point fingers and stall on clean-up.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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