Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed one of the world’s strictest and biggest lockdowns, ordering all residents to stay in their homes for 21 days as of March 25, with a few exceptions for essential workers in hospitals, food shops and law enforcement.
The lockdown has left tens of millions of migrant workers unemployed. They’re often from rural areas but live most of the year in India’s megacities, serving as day laborers, construction workers or domestic help.
Most are thought to have no savings. Many lived in factory dormitories, now shut, and got stranded when the government halted bus and train service last week. They’re vulnerable to starvation and infection.