This made all recent terrorist attacks seem like a walk in the park.
I have a unique insight into the major events.
I am one of the very few who was at the Hillsborough disaster on 15th April 1989. I got out but my parents were unaware at the time I was there.
I was also there at the 7th July 2005 London bombings. I was with my Dad in Tavistock Square as that bomb went off. As it did I shielded my Dad against the explosion. The force of it was so severe that it threw us to the ground. My Dad told me that if I were not so strong I would have been killed.
My Dad and I are both doctors so we went to assist the wounded but we couldn’t save them all. There were too many of them.
Many people died at Hillsborough and the 7th July 2005 London bombings.
However, that is nothing compared to how many died at the Bhopal disaster.
However, I also have a unique insight into that case.
You see my late grandfather on my Mum’s side was a real big shot Indian barrister.
He was offered an outrageous sum of money to represent them in court. Not only was he offered a huge sum of money he was offered financial security for his children and grandchildren for life.
However, being the ethical man he was he told them where they could shove it.
To this day those responsible have never been brought to trial.
Spare a thought for the victims of Bhopal.
1984: Hundreds die in Bhopal chemical accident
Hundreds of people have died from the effects of toxic gases which leaked from a chemical factory near the central Indian city of Bhopal.
The accident happened in the early hours of this morning at the American-owned Union Carbide Pesticide Plant three miles (4.8 km) from Bhopal.
Mr Y P Gokhale, managing director of Union Carbide in India, said that methyl isocyanate gas (MIC) had escaped when a valve in the plant’s underground storage tank broke under pressure.
This caused a deadly cloud of lethal gas to float from the factory over Bhopal, which is home to more than 900,000 people — many of whom live in slums.
Chaos and panic broke out in the city and surrounding areas as tens of thousands of people attempted to escape.
More than 20,000 people have required hospital treatment for symptoms including swollen eyes, frothing at the mouth and breathing difficulties.
Thousands of dead cats, dogs, cows and birds litter the streets and the city’s mortuaries are filling up fast.
Bhopal resident, Ahmed Khan, said: “We were choking and our eyes were burning. We could barely see the road through the fog, and sirens were blaring.
“We didn’t know which way to run. Everybody was very confused.
“Mothers didn’t know their children had died, children didn’t know their mothers had died and men didn’t know their whole families had died.”
The Union Carbide factory was closed immediately after the accident and three senior members of staff arrested.
Medical and scientific experts have been dispatched to the scene and the Indian government has ordered a judicial inquiry.
It is understood the Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, will be flying to the area within the next few days.
This was one of the world’s worst industrial accidents.
Nearly 3,000 people died from the effects of the poisonous gas in the days following the disaster.
Estimates say that some 50,000 people were treated in the first few days suffering terrible side-effects, including blindness, kidney and liver failure.
Campaigners say nearly 20,000 others have since died from the effects of the leak.
Investigations into the disaster revealed that something had gone fundamentally wrong with a tank storing lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC).
In 1989 Union Carbide, which is now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, paid the Indian Government £470m in a settlement which many described as woefully inadequate.
But in 1999 a voluntary group in Bhopal which believed not enough had been done to help victims, filed a lawsuit in the United States claiming Union Carbide violated international law and human rights.
In November 2002 India said it was seeking the extradition of former Union Carbide boss Warren Anderson from the US.
Mr Anderson faces charges of “culpable homicide” for cost-cutting at the plant which is alleged to have compromised safety standards.
In October 2004, the Indian Supreme Court approved a compensation plan drawn up by the state welfare commission to pay nearly $350m to more than 570,000 victims of the disaster.
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