“The accident took place when some laborers traveling on the truck (coming from Delhi) halted on the Auraiya-Kanpur Dehat Road to have tea at a local shop. At this point of time, a truck coming from Rajasthan hit the stationary vehicle,” Inspector General, Kanpur, Mohit Agarwal told PTI over the phone.
Fourteen workers out of the 36 that have been injured have been admitted to a hospital in Saifai in Etawah district. The remaining 22 have been hospitalized in Auraiya, about 400 km from New Delhi and 200 km from the state capital Lucknow, Agarwal said.
Before that another eight laborers lost their lives when a truck carrying laborers from Mumbai met with an accident in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna in which at least 54 laborers were left critically wounded. Prior to that incident, six more migrant workers were killed on May 6 by a bus on a highway in Uttar Pradesh.
Millions of migrant workers have been affected because of COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the fear of contracting the disease, many have been left without food and money and hence, have been trying to get home. In the absence of transport, many were forced to walk long distances or find any makeshift form of transport. Few States have taken effective measures to take care of the migrant workers.