12 year Old girl dies whilst her 3 day journey by foot amidst Covid-19 Lockdown

12 year Old girl dies whilst her 3 day journey by foot amidst Covid-19 Lockdown

12 year Old girl dies whilst her 3 day journey by foot amidst Covid-19 Lockdown

Written by Staff Writer

21 Apr, 2020 | 12:07 pm

A 12-year-old girl died after making a 150-km trip on foot from Telangana to her native Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh

Jamlo Madkam, who worked to earn for her family in chilly fields at a village in Telangana was around 14 km from home when an excruciating pain in her stomach stopped her on Saturday afternoon. Finally, her body was taken to her home in an ambulance.

She had set out on the long journey on April 15, along with 11 others who worked with her on the chilly fields at a village in Telangana. The group had walked for three days, cutting through forests and avoiding the highway as a desperate attempt to reach their home town due to the extended nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus

Doctors say she was severely dehydrated and malnourished. “Her coronavirus tests came out negative. She may have suffered electrolyte imbalance in her body too,” said BR Pujari, senior district medical officer.

The girl’s father, Andoram Madkam, said she had been working in Telangana for two months. “She had walked for three days. She suffered from vomiting and stomach ache,” he said. Some members of the group said she had not been eating well.

The state government has announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the girl’s family.

Thousands of migrant workers, stuck far from home during the lockdown and left without jobs and shelter, have attempted long journeys on foot out of despair.

The movement of crowds of migrants, which defeated the purpose of lockdown and the critical need for social distancing to avoid COVID-19 infection, was stopped by state governments who promised to look after their food and shelter.

Stories of poor families crammed into tight spaces and surviving on not-so-regular meals have still been emerging from parts of the country. India has 18,601 coronavirus cases; 590 have died.

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