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Photos: Bhopal, 25 years later

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  1. A guard stands in front of the Union Carbide chemical plant on Dec. 3, 1984, in Bhopal, India. The plant leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas into the air, killing thousands of people instantly. Thousands more are said to have since died or been injured as a result of the toxic cloud, although the exact death toll remains unclear.

    Some 25 years after the world's deadliest industrial disaster, the drinking water supply for several communities in the area remains contaminated, according to a report by an advocacy group and a medical clinic. (Pablo Bartholomew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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    A dead child is partially buried Dec. 3, 1984, in Bhopal - one of at least 3,000 people killed immediately by the chemical leak. (Pablo Bartholomew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A woman grieves for her lost loved one on the day of the disaster. (Pablo Bartholomew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A man holds a sick child Dec. 3, 1984, in Bhopal. (Pablo Bartholomew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A man carries the body of a victim of the Bhopal tragedy on Dec. 4, 1984. (Bedi / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Blinded victims sit in the street and wait to be treated in Bhopal on Dec. 4, 1984. Indian officials have anounced plans to reopen the site of the diaster to the public to coincide with the 25th anniversary. (Bedi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Bodies of victims are seen Dec. 5, 1984, in Bhopal. (Sandro Tucci / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Mother Teresa comforts a young victim of the Bhopal tragedy on Dec. 11, 1984. (Pablo Bartholomew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Children play near the boundary wall of the Union Carbide plant on Nov. 28, 2009. (Harish Tyagi / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Children play in front of the defunct Union Carbide factory on Nov. 18, 2009. (Raveendran / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Discarded bottles of chemicals lay on the floor in a building at the site of the former Union Carbide factory on Nov. 28, 2009. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Children gather greenery for their goat ahead of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, in front of the shuttered Union Carbide factory on Nov. 27, 2009. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Children play cricket on a foggy morning Nov. 18, 2009, inside the compound of the Union Carbide plant. (Raveendran / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. In this Nov. 20, 2009, photo, a physiotherapist holds the leg of a 7-year-old child at a clinic run by a nongovernmental organization to cater to victims of the Bhopal tragedy. A quarter century after the disaster, many of those who were exposed to the chemicals have given birth to physically and mentally disabled children. (Saurabh Das / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Khushi Verma, right, and Apeksha Malviya are given physiotherapy on Nov. 20, 2009, at a nongovernmental organization in Bhopal. (Saurabh Das / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Eleven-year-old Salu Raikwar, who was born with six fingers on both hands, holds a ball made from waste paper and a plastic bag in a slum area next to the closed Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal on Nov. 30, 2009. (Reinhard Krause / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Women fill containers with clean water shipped in to replace the contaminated local water supply in Bhopal, on Nov. 28, 2009. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A January 2007 close-up of the eyes of a man who lives in the settlement located next to the former Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. Many people in the area suffer serious eye and lung problems. (Andy Spyra / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Fifteen-year-old Sachin Kumar crawls after playing a game of cricket with his friends in a slum near the site of the deserted Union Carbide factory on Nov. 27, 2009. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Activists and victims of the Bhopal gas disaster participate in a torch procession toward the abandoned Union Carbide factory on Dec. 2, 2009, the eve of 25th anniversary of the disaster. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Activists and victims shout slogans during the torch rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. (Reinhard Krause / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Survivors and mourners gather around a memorial statue of a mother and child erected outside the old Union Carbide factory in Bhopal on Dec. 2, 2009 in memory of poison gas victims who perished in the world's worst industrial accident 25 years ago. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Victims and activists surround a burning effigy of Warren Anderson, former CEO of Union Carbide, during a protest march to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, India, on Dec. 3, 2009. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Hundreds of people marched through Bhopal to mark the 25th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster on Dec. 3, 2009 and demand the cleanup of toxic chemicals they say still contaminate the Indian city's soil and water. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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