Contagion engulfs Mumbai’s slums

June 10, 2020 0 By S Harachand

Mumbai, the fulcrum of India’s economic activity, has been the worst-hit in the country, accounting for 20 percent of the country’s total coronavirus infections and nearly 25 percent of the deaths.

The city of 20 million people is the commercial hub of India. 

Mumbai’s crammed slums, where the social distancing measures are practically impossible, are acting as breeding grounds for the virus.

Infections are exploding in Dharavi, Mumbai’s biggest slum, reports indicate. 

Maids, watchmen and casual laborers from the slums are no longer allowed in urban households as wealthier residents are determined to stay away from slum dwellers. This has created tension between the rich and the poor, reports say.

Despite stay-at-home orders and curfews in force, local vegetable stands and markets are still crowded. 

A large number of health professionals, police and journalists have already got infected in the city.

Things could take a turn for the worse as monsoon rains arrive by mid-June. Heavy downpours and the resultant floods, which are quite common in the island city every monsoon, can throw the life of people living in slums in utter misery.