Abandoned Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal, 2019. Chris Burton.
The abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal India, site of the worst ever single-incident industrial disaster. A leak of highly toxic gas, from this factory, killed between 8-10,000 people within 72 hours. Up to 25,000 people are now believed to have succumbed to illness or injury caused by their exposure to this gas.
The factory has never been decontaminated nor remediated and these photos show its condition in the year leading up to the 35th anniversary of the disaster. Toxic waste, dumped at the factory site and the nearby solar evaporation ponds, continues to poison the land and ground water for miles around. The groundwater has been a primary drinking water source for tens of thousands of families, many of whom still rely on it.