Yediyurappa directs authorities to provide aid to migrant labourer who died while walking over 200 km

South India

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday condoled the death of a woman labourer who walked roughly over 200 kilometres from Bengaluru to get back to her home in Raichur district, and directed authorities to provide relief to the family of the deceased.


With few transport options available, thousands of people in some regions of the country, mostly labourers have resorted to commuting on foot during the lockdown.

This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country.

"It is very unfortunate and painful that a woman 'Gangamma' from Sindhanur village who was walking to her place during the lockdown was found dead in the middle of the road. In this regard, I have directed authorities to take appropriate action to provide relief to the family of the deceased," Yediyurappa said.

Yediyurappa said this is a difficult time and the construction workers have been given a helpline for Dasoha (food and groceries) which has been established to provide food to the people in need.

"In addition to that arrangements have been made for workers to remain in temporary shelters," the chief minister added.

The Chief Minister advised the people not to despair.

 "There is a government to help you and come to your aid. Follow the instructions of the government. If you have the problem, call the help desk.", he said.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

In his address to the nation on March 24, the Prime Minister had announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, which has infected over 2,000 people in the country.

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

In a televised address to the nation on March 24, Prime Minister Modi had said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister had said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

With inputs from ANI

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