The migrant woman had been unwell on the train because of the lack of food and water. She took a train from Ahmedabad for Bihar on Saturday.
Patna: In one of the most tragic visuals to surface from the daily reports of migrants stranded by the lockdown, a baby tries to wake his dead mother at a railway station in Bihar.
The toddler tugs at the cloth placed over his mother’s body. The cloth comes off but his mother doesn’t move; she had died moments before. As per her family, she died of extreme heat, hunger and dehydration.
On Monday, the 23-year-old woman had arrived on a special train for migrants.
A migrant worker boarded the train from Gujarat to Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Mements before reaching Muzaffarpur, she died of dehydration, hunger and extreme heat. Her little son was trying to wake his dead mother up in the railway platform
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At the same station, a two-year-old child also died, reportedly from the heat on top of no food. The baby’s family had boarded a different train from Delhi on Sunday.
The woman, according to her family, had been unwell on the train because of the lack of food and water. She had taken a train from Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Saturday. On Monday, shortly before the train rolled into Muzaffarpur, she collapsed.
After her body was laid out on the station platform, her son kept playing and trying to wake her until an older child pulled him away.
The woman had been unwell when she got on the train and the family got off at Muzaffarpur station when she died, thee Railways Ministry said.
The exodus of migrant workers began from the day COVID-19 lockdown was imposed in March and still continues. Lakhs of migrants started to walk hundreds of kilometres towards their homes. Some of them were killed by road or train accidents. Some died due to hunger.
Migrant workers are the worst affected people in India due to lack of transport facilities, money, food and assistance from governments all over the country.
(Inputs from NDTV)