An island in Kochi known as Kakkathuruth is internationally acclaimed for its natural beauty has been completely isolated from the mainland amid the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus pandemic. The island was converted to a tourist centre, the residents out in the island had not received any help.
The island is filled with 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 has been stopped in the island halfway leading to the rusting of columns. This services on the island were also stopped as part of preventive measures against coronavirus spread.
There are 400 families on 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. The residents of the island had earnestly requested self-government institutions to help them and bring essential food items.