Coronavirus - Delhi's Poor Depend On Handouts To Survive COVID-19 Lockdown

Amid the 21-day lockdown that has now been extended to May 3, lakhs of people join long queues for food and supplies.

Coronavirus - Delhi's Poor Depend On Handouts To Survive COVID-19 Lockdown

People wait in queues in the hot sun to collect meals in Delhi during the lockdown.

Even amid the coronavirus lockdown, 56-year-old Mohammad Shahzad drives his rickshaw for over a kilometre every day - not to ferry passengers but to go and queue up for food twice a day.

Shahzad who lost his wife two years ago to an illness has six children back home in Bihar who are now left to fend for themselves.

He has not been able to speak to them for 15 days because he doesn't have money to pay for his phone.

Mohammad Shahzad said, "I used to earn Rs 400-500 on a normal day but now everything is shut because of the lockdown so I don't have a single penny. So I have to queue up every day for food. I come from Lodhi Colony every day to get food here. I used to send money to my kids back home. But I don't have money to recharge my phone so for 15 days I have not even been able to speak to my kids."

Amid the 21-day lockdown that has now been extended to May 3, lakhs of people like Shehzad join such queues and are dependent on NGOs and the government who distribute meals. The bowl of dal and a plate of rice they get here is their only source of survival at this point.

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Mohammad Shahzad comes on his rickshaw to collect food every day.

At Lodhi Road, it is the Delhi-based NGO Uday Foundation which brings the meal and often packets of biscuits and soaps. As people start lining up, policemen and a few locals ensure that the right social distancing is maintained.

It is the Blind Relief Association on Lodhi Road that is lending its support to such people by cooking lunch and dinner for 600 people every day at this kitchen. This food is then taken by the Uday Foundation to different parts of Delhi.

Om Lal Thapa, Head Cook said, "We get up at 5 am every day to cook meals for 600 people. We ensure all safety and hygiene precautions are taken. A team of seven cooks with all sanitised gear is involved in this process."

Ram Murti Mishra, Medical Councillor at Blind Relief Association said, "We ensure that all health and quality controls are in place. The resources for this process are donated by the Association. We manage it from our own funds."

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Among those that receive this food are also people like 37-year-old Brahm Dev Rai from Araria district in Bihar. He used to work as a construction labourer and has been staying with his wife at a dharamshala near AIIMS where he receives weekly treatment for his kidney condition. He has four children are back home.

While they have been buying food by borrowing money so far, with the lockdown, even the lenders have backed out.

Brahm Dev Rai said, "We used to buy food somehow on our own only but now others like this group bring the food and that is how we survive. Nobody is giving us money anymore."

His wife Ranju Devi said, "We spent over Rs 8 lakh on his illness by borrowing from all ends. But now nobody will lend anymore. How will our kids survive?"

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Delhi NGO Goonj gives out a toy with every kit of food supplies.

In South Delhi's Madanpur Khadar, several tonnes of wheat and rice is brought by the NGO "Goonj" and then segregated to make ration kits for nearly 800 households every day. These kits contain 10 kg rice, 5 kg wheat flour and other things like pulses, oil, salt and soap. For children even games and small toys are added to the kits.

It is then taken to areas like West Delhi's Nihal Vihar and distributed where it become a lifeline for people like 43-year-old Ghanshyam Pandey, a plumber who hails from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh and takes care of his 93-year-old mother, his wife and three children.

Ghanshyam Pandey said, "My mother is 93 and suffers from respiratory issues. Every week I have to buy medicines for her for Rs 500-800. I used to earn Rs 10,000 a month but now I have nothing. I get some help through this food."

Imran, a member of Goonj who coordinates this process, told NDTV, "Every day we create 600-800 family kits. We get a stock of 2-3 tonnes of atta, dal, rice because so many families have to be catered to every day. So we ensure that there is never any shortage. We add a toy also because in these tough times we hope that those will make it easier to distract the kids and make them happier."

World

9,97,11,881Cases
4,25,71,531Active
5,50,01,006Recovered
21,39,344Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 9,97,11,881 and 21,39,344 have died; 4,25,71,531 are active cases and 5,50,01,006 have recovered as on January 26, 2021 at 9:37 am.

India

1,06,76,838 9102Cases
1,77,266 -6916Active
1,03,45,985 15901Recovered
1,53,587 117Deaths
In India, there are 1,06,76,838 confirmed cases including 1,53,587 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,77,266 and 1,03,45,985 have recovered as on January 26, 2021 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

2010948 1842

44789

1915344 3080

50815 30

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

887066 56

1389

878528 141

7149 2

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

936426 375

6865

917361 1036

12200 3

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

52977 57

767

51448 113

762 1

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

835280 540

4813

818147 627

12320 4

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

893639 3361

70859

819156 5606

3624 17

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

297108 482

4896

288582 516

3630 13

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

293590 189

3072

288926 349

1592 2

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

334430 130

1240

331284 140

1906 1

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

253857 200

3508

246558 861

3791 2

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

259487 390

4345

250763 707

4379 3

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

316845 193

2968

311117 370

2760 2

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

267321 118

1378

262929 247

3014 4

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

598907 194

6813

583470 456

8624 7

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

634072 148

1694

621565 190

10813 5

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

217017 25

2265

213674 83

1078

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

6072 1

115

5824 13

133

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

258861 74

2359 42

255019 28

1483 4

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

568355 252

6151

552082 417

10122 7

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4994 1

15

4917 9

62

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

38878 18

280

37953 26

645

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

16820 1

15

16749 4

56

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12079 3

96

11895 10

88

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3394

5

3387 1

2

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

118360 74

772

116524 122

1064 1

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

33346 1

28

32927 5

391

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9687

54

9504 11

129

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

124083 64

1084

121070 83

1929

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

57245 35

408

55864 63

973

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

172089 159

2152

164377 258

5560 5

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

95702 62

1523

92544 260

1635 4

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

28997 11

186

28442 26

369

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

20749 31

142 6

20273 25

334

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

13734 2

104

13484 9

146

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

4356 5

49

4298 9

9

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

67 8

67 8

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