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This Is What The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Would Have Looked Like If It Was Live Tweeted

Tragic and horrifying.

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On December 3, 1984, there was a major gas leak at the Union Carbide Corp pesticide factory in Bhopal, India.

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The leak has since been described as one of the biggest chemical accidents of all time, amassing a death toll of 22,000, according to Amnesty International.

Now, 30 years later, someone set up a Twitter handle called 1984 Bhopal, and began recreating the incident via a series of tweets written to look like a real-time account.

It was a night like this when it happened. Thirty years ago.

1984, Bhopal@1984BhopalFollow

It was a night like this when it happened. Thirty years ago.

1:35 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In the hours that followed, the account continued to tweet a grizzly account of the atmosphere that night. The tweets mirrored the thoughts of those immediately affected by the gas leak.

Aziza: At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of Ruby coughing badly. The room was not dark, there was a street light nearby.

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Aziza: At about 12.30 am I woke to the sound of Ruby coughing badly. The room was not dark, there was a street light nearby.

1:52 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The room is filled with a white cloud. I hear a great noise of people shouting. They are yelling ‘bhaago, bhaago!’

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The room is filled with a white cloud. I hear a great noise of people shouting. They are yelling ‘bhaago, bhaago!’

1:54 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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My son Mohsin is coughing. I am coughing too. With each breath as if we are breathing in fire.My eyes are burning

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My son Mohsin is coughing. I am coughing too. With each breath as if we are breathing in fire.My eyes are burning

1:55 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is very cold but we are not feeling cold at all. We are in our night clothes, not even dupattas or burkhas.

1984, Bhopal@1984BhopalFollow

It is very cold but we are not feeling cold at all. We are in our night clothes, not even dupattas or burkhas.

2:06 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lots and lots of people are running, screaming for help, vomiting, falling down, unconscious.

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Lots and lots of people are running, screaming for help, vomiting, falling down, unconscious.

2:10 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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There are people lying on the ground. They look like they are dead. If we stay here, we will die too. We most go.

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There are people lying on the ground. They look like they are dead. If we stay here, we will die too. We most go.

2:26 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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We reach the railway track. There are bodies everywhere. Some alive but unable to move. They are coughing, vomiting, crying for help, dying.

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We reach the railway track. There are bodies everywhere. Some alive but unable to move. They are coughing, vomiting, crying for help, dying.

3:16 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

People are pouring water from pots and buckets on unconscious relatives, trying to wake them up. But many are already dead.

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People are pouring water from pots and buckets on unconscious relatives, trying to wake them up. But many are already dead.

3:19 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The tragedy happened 30 years ago, but people still remember the horror that was that night.

Today, 3rd December 2014, 30 years after that night, please say: "We are all Bhopalis."

1984, Bhopal@1984BhopalFollow

Today, 3rd December 2014, 30 years after that night, please say:

"We are all Bhopalis."

4:19 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The account holder later clarified that the tweets were so that people still remember the tragedy that happened 30 years ago.

The 'live' tweets were adapted from the stories at http://t.co/LTLOnuz62b (without prior permission). Please go read them in full.

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The 'live' tweets were adapted from the stories at http://t.co/LTLOnuz62b (without prior permission). Please go read them in full.

4:05 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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