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Highways are now paths for buffaloes, migrants cycling back home as lockdown continues

More than 40 days into the lockdown, ThePrint's journalists capture snapshots from across UP as migrants still make their way home.

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Rampur (UP): State governments have been working to help migrants return to their homes from cities, but it isn’t uncommon to see the workers still trudging along highways, some walking, some cycling.

Even farmers have been on the move since the harvest season is due to begin soon.

Teams of journalists from ThePrint have been tracking some of these movements, traveling across different states to see how the reverse migration has been panning out.

Reporters Jyoti Yadav and Bismee Taskin, who are in Uttar Pradesh, captured these picture stories.

The highways in Uttar Pradesh that always had a massive rush of trucks were empty. A farmer is seen taking his herd of buffaloes for a bath in Kosi river | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint
UP’s highways, which were usually always busy with a trucks bustling along, has been empty for weeks. Instead, a farmer guides his herd of buffaloes towards the Kosi river for a bath | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Nanhi, a milk seller of Mansurpur village located near the Rampur-Bareilly Highway. She is looking out of her house. The economy of Mansurpur village runs on animal husbandry| Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint
Nanhi, a milk seller of Mansurpur village located near the Rampur-Bareilly Highway, has been hit by the lockdown, which was extended twice since it was first imposed in March. Mansurpur village runs on animal husbandry | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Amid the Coronavirus catastrophe when the rest of the country is busy reading and understanding the Covid, most stopping their work and trade, this farmer family in the hinterland is too busy arranging fodder for their cattle | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint
For the farming community, life has not been about staying indoors and waiting for coronavirus to pass. In the hinterland, they’ve been keeping busy taking care of cattle and farms | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

A female migrant worker's potli, at the NH-24, Delhi-Lucknow highway | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint
For workers returning to these villages, the journey has been long and fraught with uncertainty. Many of them can be seen carrying a bundle, like the one seen here | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

A bus dipot near Amroha on National Highway 24, Delhi-Lucknow Highway, where thousands of tired migrants waited for their number to be announced so that they could finally board the buses to their native destinations. The laborers were in a dilemma whether to abandon their bicycles or not | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint
At a bus depot near Amroha on National Highway 24 that connects Delhi-Lucknow, tired migrants have been waiting for their turn to board state buses that will carry them home. The primary dilemma at this point is ⁠— to abandon or not to abandon their cycles | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Also read: 11 hrs in train ‘without food and water’: Migrant workers on reaching Bareilly from Ludhiana


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