35 Years of Disaster in Bhopal

Bhopal Disaster survivors- Judah Passow

Disaster survivors call for justice. Photo © Judah Passow

If the Bhopal Gas Disaster was in 1984, how can it still be poisoning people today- nearly three and a half decades later?

The original disaster began on the night of the 2nd/ 3rd December 1984, when a massive cloud of highly toxic gas leaked from a poorly maintained pesticide factory, killing as many as 8-10,000 people within three days. Over 500,000 were affected by the gas and around 150,000 require medical care to this day. At least 25,000 have perished as a direct result of their exposure to the gas.

To compound the effects of the gas disaster, chemical waste, abandoned at the site while the factory was in production, leaches down into the groundwater with every monsoon. The toxins have spread for miles around the site and contaminate water used as a primary supply for an estimated 100,000 people.

A second disaster, with serious health problems and an epidemic of birth defects, has ensued. Though, thanks to the negligent dumping of the thousands of toxic waste, this major public health crisis would have occurred with or without the gas disaster.

The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds clinics in Bhopal, providing free healthcare not only to the survivors of the gas tragedy but also to anyone affected by the ongoing contamination disaster. The clinics provide first-class healthcare using a combination of Western medicine alongside traditional Indian treatment such as Ayurveda, Panchkarma, and Yoga therapy and are the only places that offer any affected person the healthcare they need free of charge.

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Find out more about the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster

Find out more about Bhopal’s second disaster

Find out more about the clinics we fund in Bhopal: Sambhavna Trust Clinic, Chingari Rehabilitation Centre


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.