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After 20 Years, Effects of Bhopal Tragedy Linger

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After 20 Years, Effects of Bhopal Tragedy Linger

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After 20 Years, Effects of Bhopal Tragedy Linger

After 20 Years, Effects of Bhopal Tragedy Linger

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An Indian Muslim couple suffering from breathing problems since the 1984 gas tragedy sit outside their house in Bhopal. Reuters hide caption

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A woman in Bhopal views a photo exhibit on the 20th anniversary of the gas tragedy in the central Indian city. Reuters hide caption

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A woman in Bhopal views a photo exhibit on the 20th anniversary of the gas tragedy in the central Indian city.

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Twenty years ago, tons of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide in Bhopal, India. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history, with a death toll of more than 15,000. Some 3,500 died immediately, with terminal illnesses afflicting thousands more.

Today, many survivors say they have yet to receive compensation — a claim backed by Amnesty International. Critics of the cleanup effort at the site also say it remains a source of lethal toxins. Some estimates of those afflicted with illnesses since the 1984 disaster place the number above 500,000 people. Hear NPR's Miranda Kennedy.