Throats and eyes burned as 3,000 instantly dropped dead in horror gas explosion

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An exploding chemical factory burnt the throats and eyes of 3,000 people who were instantly killed.

Around 20,000 people have since died following the Bhopal disaster which soon after midnight on December 1984, became and remains the world’s worst industrial accident.

The horror continues to poison children born decades after the explosion as the area's remaining toxicity passes from one generation to the next, causing a range of harsh disabilities.

A staggering 40 tons of leaked toxic methyl isocyanate gas (MIC), contaminated 574,000 residents of Bhopal, India when the Union Carbide plant blasted on December 2.

With no emergency clean up operation deployed to save the city from the deadly waste, it stayed close to the ground and caused the eyes and throats of thousands to burn.

In the days leading to the incident, safety systems were malfunctioning as a result of multiple valves and lines being left in a poor condition.

On the night of the explosion, water was thought to have seeped into a side pipe and into a tank which containing 42 tons of MIC, which caused a dangerous runaway exothermic reaction.

When workers checked out the unusual readings they dismissed it as a mistake until others complained of feeling the effects of a gas leak and a hunt to find it was launched at 11:45pm.

Eventually the severity of the situation became clear to an employee who switched on the plant's alarms at 12:50am, only for colleagues to decide against scaring the public.

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Despite local residents already evacuating the area, the plant twice assured police up until 2:10am that "everything is OK".

Within hours, thousands of people trying to flee had died after coughing, vomiting, feeling their eyes and throat burn up and the sensation of suffocation.

Survivors in their hundreds of thousands were left instead to die a slow and painful death from the likes of cancer, lung and heart disease, The Guardian reports.

For years expectant mothers have suffered stillbirths and miscarriages as a direct consequence of the explosion, the damning impact of which has left some calling for a second catastrophe to end their misery.

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On the 35th anniversary of the disaster, Omwati Yadav, 67, said: "It would be better if there was another gas leak which could kill us all and put us all out of this misery.

"35 years we have suffered through this, please just let it end. This is not life, this is not death, we are in the terrible place in between."

Her husband Panna Lal Yadav, 70, who worked as a packer in the Union Carbide factory, is still covered in black marks and lumps.

He said: "The poison is still inside my body."

Shocking research into the health of those living in the city has found that they are twice as likely to die of cancers and three times as likely to die from kidney diseases.

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No cleanup operation of the chemical waste was deployed and no one from Union Carbide was ever tried for gross negligence, even after being slapped with multiple criminal charges.

Decades later and men are still leaving their wives who cannot give birth to healthy children as a result of the gas leak.

The Chingari children’s centre opened due to the demand for specialist care for the amount of kids born with physical and mental disabilities.

The centre's founder, Rashida Bee told The Guardian: "This is the terrible legacy of Bhopal: all of these children were born to parents, or even grandparents, who were in contact with the gas that night."

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