Seven-month pregnant woman walks 100km amid lockdown in Odisha

Nuapada: A seven-month pregnant woman, along with 12 other labourers, who walked over 100 km reached Nuapada Railway station this morning en route to her native place in Chhattisgarh.

According to sources, these 12 labourers, residents of Haradi village under Pithora police limits in Mahasmund district of Chhattisgarh were working in Titlagarh of Bolangir district. Due to lockdown, the agency they were working for stopped paying them .

With no money, no transportation and no food they decided to return back to their village. On April 28, they  started their journey and were forced to walk on their way home for over 100 km and today in the morning they reached Nuapada railway station. Among the 12 labourers, there was a seven-month pregnant woman and some minor children who also walked for miles without food.

Meanwhile, some locals spotted the exhausted labourers and informed Nuapada Collector. After receiving information Nuapada Collector Madhusmita Sahu asked NAC Official to provide food and accommodation for the guest workers. The administration is also making arrangements to drop the labourers back to their village, sources added.

There has been restriction on movement of persons and transport vehicles in view of the nationwide lockdown due to novel coronavirus pandemic.

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