Thousands of migrant labourers found themselves stranded with no way to get back to their home towns at the Chennai Central railway station on Sunday.
As Chennai went into a coronavirus induced curfew, the workers, many of whom don't speak the local language, were unaware of the cancellations.
The footage highlights the confusion and distress of the passengers as they arrive at the station and... Еще are sent away.
«Suddenly they stopped the trains. When I came in the morning the trains were running. But now they are saying no trains will run,» explained Gautam Migrant, a worker from Bihar.
The local police and the Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force (TNDRF) escorted the labourers away from the station and attempted to make arrangements for some. Many were taken to government relief centres and night shelters via police vans and busses, while others waited, stranded on the streets of Chennai.
«No one was given any information on when the trains will run. They are also not allowing us inside the station. That's why we have come here to sit on the roads,» said Narayan a migrant worker from West Bengal who was expecting to travel home.
The COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to expand in India. The country is now reporting 396 confirmed cases and seven deaths.