This Week In History: Wk 49 (3 December 1984)
Gas Leak Kills Thousands In India
A gas leak at a Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India, causes thousands of deaths.
In 1984, one of the most deadly industrial accidents in history occurred in Bhopal, India. A Union Carbide factory leaked a poisonous gas which killed at least 3,800 people living nearby and caused serious illness in thousands more. In February 1989, the Indian Supreme Court ordered the Union Carbide Corporation to pay $470 million in compensation to the victims and their families.
leak (noun): the release of a contained substance
industrial (adjective): related to the making of goods (not services)
factory (noun): a place used for production
compensation (noun): money or services awarded to one who has suffered a loss
victim (noun): person who gets hurt during an incident
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey