Most migrant workers in Kathmandu are from Nepal’s eastern mountains and the Tarai. Harinder Sah, Mohamad Tharu, Sheikh Jamun are from Ishnath municipality in Rautahat, and they could not get into buses when the lockdown was announced suddenly on 24 March. They have been walking for four days, after their contractor closed shop.
Four others who worked as day labourers in Biratnagar also arrived at the Chandrapur intersection of the East-West Highway, walking all the way from Itahari for four days – a distance of 200km.
All the people walking along the highway on Tuesday said they slept where they could, ate what they could find along the way, the lucky ones could hitch a ride part of the way, and all along they had to dodge police checkpoints.“We thought it is better to go back to our villages rather than stay hungry five people to a room in Kathmandu,” said one of them.
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