In a heart breaking incident, a 12-year-old girl, who walked for three days from Telangana to reach her home in Bijapur in Chhatisgarh, died due to exhaustion just one hour away from her home.
Desperate to reach home amid the nationwide lockdown, the girl, identified as Jamlo Makdam, set out on her journey from Telangana on April 15 along with 11 others. Jamlo died after covering the distance of 150 km in the span of 3 days. The group had walked for three days through forests to avoid highway. On April 19, they were just 14 kms from her Jamlo’s home when she started experiencing intense pain in her stomach and could not walk any further. Finally, she collapsed.
All the travelers use to work in the chilly fields in Telangana. As per reports, Jamlo, worked under extreme cold conditions in the fields at a village to earn money for her family. Jamlo’s father, Andoram Madkam said that his daughter had been working in Telangana for two months.
Jamlo’s body was sent for post mortem and she was also tested for COVID-19. Senior district medical officer, BR Pujari, informed that her coronavirus tests had come out negative. She may have suffered electrolyte imbalance in her body, he said. According to the doctors, she suffered extreme dehydration and malnutrition.
The state government has announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the girl’s family.