(24 migrant labourers are killed and many injured when their truck smashes into a van at Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district)
Atleast 24 migrant labourers died and dozens were injured after a truck carrying them smashed into another vehicle in UP’s Auraiya early Saturday.
The trailer truck, carrying around 50 migrant labourers, had entered UP from Rajasthan when it was involved in a head-on collision with a van coming from Delhi .
The exact spot of the accident is in Auraiya district’s Mihauli area, said district magistrate, Abhishek Singh. said.
“The accident happened around 3:30am… Most of those killed are migrant labourers from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal,” Singh told Easternlink.
“Twenty-four people were brought dead, 22 have been admitted and 15 who were critically injured have been referred to Saifai PGI,” Archana Srivastava, Auraiya’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), was quoted by ANI as saying.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the labourers who lost their lives.
The chief minister has also directed immediate and comprehensive medical care for all the injured . The commissioner and inspector general of police (Kanpur) has been asked to visit the site and give a report on why and how the accident happened.
Tens of thousands of people have been walking home from big cities after being laid off because of the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) since late March.
Millions of workers were left without work across cities and towns in India when the lockdown was announced on March 24, resulting in the first wave of workers going back to their villages.
Every phase of the extension has seen a new wave—the lockdown was extended twice, from April 14 to May 3 and then May 3 to May 17.
Before this, 15 migrant workers on their way back home were killed in three accidents, one each in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar earlier this week.
On May 8, 16 workers sleeping on tracks were run over by a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district.
On May 9, five workers were killed in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur district when the truck in which they were travelling hit the central verge of the road.
Police have said close to 100 were also injured in road accidents across states on Thursday, as migrant workers continue to seek rides on trucks, cycle, or just walk on the country’s highways in a struggle to return home.
The government, starting May 1, announced special trains for migrant workers, but there are still far too few of them and far too many workers wanting to return home. Some of the workers do not have the documentation required to travel; others have not registered for the trains or buses being run.