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23 March 2017 06:03 (South Africa)

Bhopal marks quarter century anniversary of gas leak

India marks 25 years since a devastating gas leak killed thousands and sickened many more on December 3, 1984 – the world’s worst industrial accident. Forty tons of methyl isocyanate leaked from a factory run by US-owned Union Carbide and settled over slums around the plant. Residents of Bhopal have held a week of commemoration events in the lead-up to the anniversary. BHOPAL'S DEATH TOLL
Official figures on deaths: 3,828
Affected: Nearly 600,000
Court awards compensation for deaths: 15,274
Unofficial figures on deaths from 3-6 Dec: 7,000-8,000
Subsequent deaths: 15,000-20,000
Compensation: Union Carbide pays $470m in 1989

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