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Kerala: Triple lockdown puts fishermen out of job, on verge of starvation by Krishnachand K July 24,2020   |  Source: The New Indian Express

Community spread of Covid- 19 and the subsequent triple lockdown in the coastal areas, including Pulluvila and Poonthura, have dealt a heavy blow on the lives of the residents who depend on fishing for their livelihood. Total ban on seafaring has left the fishermen families in the two regions penniless as they completely rely on selling their daily catch and allied jobs to make both ends meet. A majority of the families do not have any savings and the lockdown has pushed them to abject poverty.

Though the state government announced free ration of 5 kilograms of rice, many hamlets in the containment regions are yet to receive the kits. As the state government had already made it clear that community spread is taking place at Pulluvila and Poonthura, residents fear to come out of their homes. The church authorities of the two coastal regions are in talks with Latin Catholic archdiocese bishop for the state government’s immediate intervention to provide temporary relief for the fishermen community.

According to the church, the people are on the verge of starvation. In certain hamlets, even the free rice has not been supplied to the residents. Last month’s trawling ban, followed by the Covid-19 attack and the ensuing lockdown have hit the fishing families hard. Since they

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