Sixteen migrant workers were crushed to death by a freight train in central India in Aurangabad Mahrestra as they were traveling home, becase of lack of food and work due to national lockdown , in covid-19 pendamic, In tragic incident yesterday, a train ran over 16 migrant workers while they were sleeping on a railway track near Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The workers hailed from Madhya Pradesh and were travelling back to their hometowns on foot along the railway tracks. “We all from Madhya Pradesh and we work for SRG Company, Jalna. We were going to our native villages. We left our rooms at 7 PM on Thursday and reached the incident spot at around 4 AM in the morning on Friday.” said bye a eyewitness who is hospitlized .
Just the day before, a diaster at a plastics factory that was reopening after a lockdown killed 11 people and sickened hundreds. Officials said that workers at a plant owned by the South Korean industrial giant LG had mishandled a valve on a styrene tank that sent a cloud of deadly vapor floating over the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, a city of several million people, that left people choking to death in the streets.
The moral of those stories for the Indian government, which imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns six weeks ago and is now trying to restart its economy, and did’t focous on the safty major in openieng of factory , bussiness, and all .
Many of the country’s struggles in the pandemic — including mass internal migration, unsafe workplaces and industrial disasters — have been amplified by the lockdown and the subsequent move to reopen businesses. And with millions of its citizens working overseas to send money home, and many of their lives now destroy by the pandemic, India is also undertaking a giant repatriation effort.
The gas leak and train incident wasn’t the only accident as Indian businesses began resuming operations. On Wednesday, half a dozen worker who had not been given safety gear wear hospitaliz after inhaling dangerous fumes at a paper mill in Chhattisgarh, that was trying to restart operations after weeks of inactivity. And on Thursday, several hundred miles to the south, in Tamil Nadu, a boiler exploded at a thermal power plant, badly burning several workers.
The migrants killed on Friday along the railway tracks were depressing wave. In recent days, India’s government, which initially blocked migrants from moving state to state, has eased the lockdown rules to allow some to travel. Over all, Mr. Modi’s government has been decided to give some relief in the lockdown, deeply concerned about the economic hit on a country by the so long national lockdown .
The news of the migrants’ deaths disturbed an Indian public already rattled by the accident at the LG plastics factory. investigations indicate that the accident was caused by a leak in a styrene tank that had been neglected for weeks.
Officials said that dangerous pressure had been building in the tank during the lockdown and that factory workers had improperly opened a valve, releasing a huge cloud of toxic vapor.
On Friday, police officers put up more barricades around the factory and were not letting anyone near it. With many of the evacuated villagers being housed in government shelters, the entire area bore a deserted look. this incident focused people to remember painful memories of industrial accident in Bhopal in 1984 in which a pesticide plant released toxic gas that killed more than 4000 people in Bhopal.
Apart from indesterial incident and train incident number of fatal car accidents is way down — no surprise, perhaps, given that roads across India were deserted until this week till modi govt. give a little relief in lockdown. A recent report found that 140 people died in car accidents nationwide from March 24 to May 3 — an average of 3.4 deaths per day, as of due to national lockdown other incident like killing, snatching, curreption , burning of people decreased .
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