Hunger sweeps India in Covid’s shadow as millions miss out on rations
Desperation grows for those unable to access subsidised food, as worst hunger in two decades reported
About this contentKavitha IyerWed 14 Jul 2021 01.00 EDT
- When India’s devastating second wave of Covid-19 struck in April, Nazia Habib Khan’s second marriage abruptly came to an end after a year of beatings and abuse. The 28-year-old daughter of migrants from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh returned to live with her mother, brothers and a sister-in-law in Mumbai.
Their 40 sq metre (400 sq ft) home in Kurla East stands huddled among the 800 or so brick, tin sheet and tarpaulin houses of Qureshi Nagar, the entire shanty town trembling when a train roars past on a nearby railway line.
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