It’s thought that up to 25,000 may have died later from being exposed to the gas.
But while it may be 25 years since the disaster, people in the area are still dealing with the effects. Campaigners say toxins are still leaking into the groundwater, while the authorities say the area is safe. This anniversary is seeing marches by survivors and activists, and a number of other commemoration events.
Meaghan Delahunt’s novel ‘The Red Book‘ tells of an Australian photographer, Francoise, who travels to Bhopal 20 after the event. She is inspired to go there after seeing a photograph taken of a child at the time. There, she meets Naga, a Tibetan refugee who’s family died in the disaster, and Arkay, a Scottish monk who is struggling with addiction.
As she documents the effects of the disaster, her relationships with Naga and Arkay develop, and The Red Book gives us a glimpse into the impact of such an event on India and its people.
Here are some links to news stories about Bhopal
But to find out a little more of the human story behind the Bhopal disaster, why not read about it for yourself in The Red Book.
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