08 The dead

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People

As people ran in the direction of the gas they inhaled more and more of the poison and fell down dead. Many children holding on to their parents got wrenched off as they joined the fleeing crowds. Many women lost their unborn children as they ran. Thousands of animals including goats, cows and buffaloes that were tethered to posts died painful deaths. The deadly gas clouds went into the prison where the prisoners could not run away. Many people were killed on duty at the railway station. It is estimated that more than 8000 people died in the three days immediately after the disaster.

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.