Podcast | Survivors Remember Disaster That Continues To Haunt

Feb 03, 09:27 PM
On the night of 2nd December 1984, tonnes of poisonous gas leaked from a factory that made pesticides. It not only killed thousands of people but continues to affect a larger part of Bhopal's population. 

Leela Bai, who was just a 26-year-old mother of five at the time when the disaster happened, lost her son that night. She later lost another son due to gas poisoning. A few months later, her husband also died of a similar condition. She now lives off a meager pension that hardly makes the ends meet. 

Unfortunately, Leela Bai's family shares this fate with thousands of others who continue to battle with health conditions compounded with financial distress as the consequences of a disaster that took place more than three decades ago. 

In this episode, two survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy recount the horrors of that night and tell us where were they, when a gas leak from a pesticide plant changed the fate of a city called Bhopal. We also speak with activists who explain the different battles faced by the survivors, even after these many years. 

Tune in. 

Host, Producer, Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
Guests:
Leela Bai, Bhopal Gas Disaster Survivor
Shamshad Bi, Bhopal Gas Disaster Survivor
Balkrishna Namdeo, Activist, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogee Sangharsh Morcha.
Tim Edwards, Executive Trustee, Bhopal Medical Appeal
Syed Tabish Ali, Information Officer, Bhopal Medical Appeal
Editor: Shelly Walia

Music: Big Bang Fuzz