Odisha scrambles to cope as Chhattisgarh surge hits rural districts
A 23-YEAR-OLD spent three days under a banyan tree outside his village in Kalahandi because there was no provision for isolation in his small, thatched home. A 48-year-old struggled for 48 hours to save his mother's life in Bargarh but failed for want of an official letter. At a hospital in Jharsuguda, a security guard is the key contact for families outside and Covid patients inside.
These snapshots from the last five days tell the story of how rural districts on Odisha's western border with Chhattisgarh, which has been ravaged by the virus, have struggled to combat the second wave with limited resources and inadequate manpower.