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Bhopal plans for evacuation after plant reopens briefly

More than 100,000 people have fled from Bhopal following a decision to reopen the Union Carbide plant where a gas leak killed 2,500 people. The Union Carbide factory announced Wednesday it would reopen on Sunday to turn 15 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into pesticides in a process that would take up to five days.

State authorities have set up nine special camps about five miles from the factory and announced contingency plans to cope with the evacuation of 125,000 people if needed.

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