India’s migrant workers face long walk home amid coronavirus lockdown

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Published March 27, 2020, 1:40 AM

By Reuters

LUCKNOW/AHMEDABAD, India  – After India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the plywood factory near Uttar Pradesh’s state capital Lucknow where Surendra Pandey works was forced to shut down.

A migrant worker carries her belongings as she walks along a road to return to her village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, March 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/MANILA BULLETIN)

On Thursday morning, with no way of earning a living, the 28-year-old laborer set off on a 110-kilometre (68-mile) walk back to his home village.

“I tried catching a bus or truck yesterday, but there is no transport available on the road,

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