Almost 80 persons have died between May 9 and May 27 on board the Shramik Special trains that are operating across India.
Almost 80 persons have died between May 9 and May 27 on board the Shramik Special trains that are operating across India. The data from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) which was accessed exclusively by the Hindustan Times shows that almost 80 migrant workers had died between 9 May and 27 May 2020, while traveling on Shramik Special trains to their home villages amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus. The data shows that the ages of the dead ranged from 4 years to 85 and the list also mentions the co-morbidities or accidents that may have caused the deaths in a few cases. The Railway Ministry issued a statement that most of those who died on the trains were chronic disease patients but a zonal railway officer told Hindustan Times that heat, exhaustion, and thirst are among the primary issues faced by the passengers on board these trains.
Almost 3,840 trains have been run across different states since May 1, 2020. These trains have ferried over five million laborers stuck in different cities due to the lockdown. The RPF did not make data collected between May 1 and May 8 available.