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FotoEvidence Book Award 2012: Alex Masi

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Many had never heard of Bhopal until December 3rd 1984 when news of the Union Carbide pesticide factory gas disaster put this central Indian city on the world stage for all the wrong reasons. The Union Carbide (now DOW Chemical) accident happened in the early hours of the morning, a lethal cloud of toxic methyl isocyanate gas (MIC) settled over Bhopal's residents while they slept. Thick as fog the gas permeated the decrepit structures that populate Bhopal’s large slum colonies. Chaos and panic ensued as half a million people were exposed to the noxious cloud. Thousands collapsed, and many died on the streets, life slipped away from them as they inhaled the deadly fumes. Within days more than 8000 people had perished, and still thousands more were left seriously ill.

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