Today is the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial accident. A Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaked about 40 tons of toxic gas into the air. Over the next few years the continuing effects raised the estimated death toll to about 15,000.
Last year, Daljit Dhaliwal visited Bhopal while reporting in India. She toured the site of the tragedy and saw how the people of the area still live with the aftermath.
In this extended interview, Lalit Shastri, a journalist for The Hindu newspaper, describes how he arrived in Bhopal the night before the accident to take an accounting exam. What he saw changed his life — he went on to become a journalist and an author who writes frequently about the tragedy.
Watch a Sights & Sounds video of the devastation that remains in Bhopal.