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Bollywood actor hailed for helping migrant workers

Sood has been helping thousands of migrant workers, stranded by the Covid-19 lockdown in Mumbai, return home.

"It gave me sleepless nights when I saw visuals of people walking hundreds of kilometres to reach their villages," the actor told the BBC.

India announced a sudden lockdown on 24 March, leaving migrants in the lurch.

Millions found themselves without jobs or a source of income. And with state borders sealed and trains and buses suspended, thousands of men, women and children were left with no other option but to walk, sometimes more than 1,000km (620 miles) to reach home.

More than 100 have also died - either in accidents or through sheer exhaustion.

For the past two months, the actor, along with his childhood friend Niti Goel, has been actively involved in helping people impacted by the lockdown.

"We started in March by distributing food, we started with 500 packets of cooked meals and groceries. Today we are distributing food and groceries every day to 45,000 people in slums, those stranded on the roads and those walking on the highways," Sood told me over the phone from Mumbai.

And since 11 May, he has arranged hundreds of buses to take stranded migrants home.

source:- BBC News

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