By John Riddle
Offers an account of the 1984 chemical twist of fate on the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, and explores how the research of such injuries can result in protection reform.
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About 5:30 in the morning, Abbas regained consciousness and suddenly realized where he was. Because the morgue was kept at a very cold temperature to preserve the bodies, it was freezing and Abbas was only covered with a sheet. However, the bodies that had been placed all around him and literally on top of him had kept him warm. So when he woke up, he grabbed his sheet and ran out of the morgue. ” Another bizarre story tells of Munnibai Balkishensingh, a woman who worked at the local rail station as the water woman.
The agony of the survivors was best captured in media reports from India, and by those who were able to give their first-hand account of what had taken place. A survivor’s words were reported in India Today, India’s version of Time Magazine in the United States, in the February 15, 1985 issue: The dead may not have been so unlucky after all. Their end came horribly, it is true, choking on air that had suddenly gone vile. But at least the nightmare was brief. And then it was over. For those who survived the poisonous methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak from the Union Carbide plant, release will not come quickly.
He died four years back. He died in the hospital. I think of him often and the one thing I feel really bad about is that I was not there by his side when he died. My father owned a truck and three auto-rickshaws. He sold them one by one to pay for A LONG PERIOD OF SUFFERING Rayees’ medical bills. Now my father rents an autorickshaw for the day and our family survives on what he makes. For the last one month he has been sick in bed and I am taking care of household expenses through my “zari” work.