Saturday, March 19, 2005

Bhopal in Slow Motion

Crops no longer grow, animals die, water buffaloes produce toxic milk, babies are born with birth defects and people are constantly sick in the once-beautiful town of Patancheru, India. Local industry produces pesticides, steel, chemicals and drugs. Pharmaceuticals and their byproducts join the salts, acids and heavy metals from other factories to poison Patancheru's streams, groundwater and soil. Area Dr. Allani Kishan Rao says, "We're now into a second generation of toxic exposure. We're seeing another Bhopal - but in slow motion."

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