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CNN-IBN: Cancer rates in Bhopal

  • Posted on: 17 March 2011
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Bhopal gas tragedy: cancer rates treble

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Mumbai: It was undoubtedly the world's worst industrial disaster but 26 years on, the skeletons of the past still haunt the population. The Indian Council of Medical Research has carried out more than 18 studies on the health impact of Methyl IsoCyanide (MIC) gas, which people in Bhopal were exposed to.

The latest, a 19-year long, as yet unpublished, study on Cancer Patterns has some startling findings.
According to a study conducted from 1989 -2008, incidents of cancer in areas affected by Methyl Isocyanide (MIC) increased by 72 per cent during this period.

Cancer rates for women in MIC-affected sites shot up by 115 per cent, compared to 82 per cent increase among women in areas not affected by the leak.

Cancer in all sites -- MIC-affected as well as those unaffected -- increased in men by 3.4 times and in women by 2.5 times.

Dow kicked out of Trade Fair after Bhopalis Protest

  • Posted on: 4 March 2011
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Aquatech Dissociates With Dow After Bhopalis Protest

“Dow need not pour money into such conferences to sell its water technologies, instead it should just accept the liability of Bhopal, clean up the toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater. It would get the clean image it is so looking forward to. " - Nawab Khan, ICJB, Press Conference
 
2 March, 2011. MUMBAI -- Dow Chemical has been struck off the list of partners to the Aquatech 2011 water Die in Protest at Aquatechtechnologies trade fair currently being held in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, after Bhopal survivors held a press conference yesterday and staged a protest today at the venue. Nearly 70 survivors staged a die-in outside the Exhibition Hall inside the Bombay Exhibition Centre, where Dow was listed to have an exhibition stall. Speaking for the organisers, Commander Dalal of Inter Ads-Brooks Exhibitions said "We had a discussion with Dow on this, and Dow is no longer part of this trade fair. They are not here today, and they will not be here tomorrow or the day after." Mr. Dalal also expressed his solidarity with the Bhopal survivors.
 

Bhopal LowDOWn - February 2011

  • Posted on: 1 March 2011
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Bhopal LowDOWn - February 2011


In this issue:

   1. Survivors protest unethical drug trials on gas victims
   2. Supreme Court admits curative petition on enhanced compensation 
   3. Aquatech dissociates with Dow after Bhopalis protest
   4. Max Carlson’s Bhopali wins “Best Documentary” at Slamdance
   5. Dow in the news: Greenwashing its image - Anna University dumps Dow - Ontario's history with Agent Orange
   6. Longtime activist Gary Cohen profiled in Miller-McCune Magazine
 
Recent Requests to Information have confirmed that the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Survivors protest at BMHRCCentre (BMHRC) conducted 7 unethical pharmaceutical trials on gas victims, only one of which was monitored by the Drug Controller General of India.  The trials have resulted in the deaths of at least 10 survivors.  On February 24, survivors and activists marched to BMHRC and demanded the suspension of senior consultants, who received substantial sums of money from the drug companies.  Protestors also decried the preferential treatment given to wealthy private patients over gas victims, who the hospital was originally created for.  Read more here.
 
On February 28, the India's Supreme Court accepted the Government of India's petition for enhanced compensation in the 1989 out-of-court settlement, which was from Union Carbide for $470 million.  While the submission does indicate recognition of the settlement's inadequacy, the government's curative petition is not without its problems; death toll figures are grossly underestimated, medical ailments were wrongly-assessed, and children born to gas-affected parents are not considered for compensation.  Read ICJB's response to the curative petition here.
 
During the Aquatech India trade exhibition in Mumbai from March 2-4, Dow Chemical was forced to withdraw when 70 Bhopalis protested its involvement.  As activist Nawab Khan said at a press conference, "Dow need not pour money into such conferences to sell its water technologies, instead it should just accept the liability of Bhopal, clean up the toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater. It would get the clean image it is so looking forward to."  Read the full story and see more pictures

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