India: Stranded internal migrants make long walks home due to COVID-19 lockdown

Stranded domestic migrant workers in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, continue to embark on long journeys to their hometowns, often by foot or by cycling, as seen on footage from Sunday. Local authorities reportedly struggle to provide a sufficient number of transport to those who wished to return home after the easing of travel bans, forcing many of them to walk or cycle home. Footage shows migrant... Еще workers being dispersed from beneath a bridge by police, followed by them walking or cycling on the side of busy highways. According to reports, many have died or been injured while trying to make their way home. One of the migrants, Monesh, said, «Our government and prime minister are saying they are making arrangements for our return. If the buses operate — it's fine; we will wait under the bridge for another one or two days. If the services are not available then we will start walking to our homes.» «If the government resumes the train services then we will go home. If we go to the railway station, the police are not allowing us to stay there, saying they have no information on the special trains. We were stopped one metre away. Nobody is helping us,» he added. Meanwhile in Delhi, limited train services resumed on May 12, following a nearly seven-week long lockdown amid to the coronavirus pandemic. India's decision to resume train services comes at a time when over 74,200 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country and 2,415 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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