Lockdown: This international tourist centre in Kochi faces starvation
Aroor: Kakkathuruth, an island in Kochi which is international acclaimed for its natural beauty, has been completely isolated from mainland amid the lockdown imposed. As the island was converted to a tourist centre, the residents here obtained no help.
Mostly comprised of fishermen community and construction labourers, the natives’ only way in and out was a small canoe which took them to Eramalloor ferry. The bridge construction was stoped halfway with the columns rusted. This service was stopped as part of preventive measures against coronavirus spread.
There are 400 families in the island. People have to walk more than 1 km to reach the national highway where essential commodities can be availed.
Government has started a canoe service, but there are no passengers.
As no fish markets are functioning, fishes caught can’t be sold leaving the island residents to starve.
They have demanded self-government institutions to help them and bring essential food items.