India, March 26 -- Manna Lal has walked 100 km over the last 24 hours with almost no food or water. He has to cover 150km more to get home.

Lal, 48, is one in a group of eight labourers walking across the length of eastern Uttar Pradesh to get to their ancestral village of Gatla Beli in Bahraich district - roughly 250km from Kanpur city, where they worked as masons.

They left their construction site at 3am on Wednesday after the care-taker told them that work would be halted in the wake of the 21-day national lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that has infected 606 people and killed 10.

Hours after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the local contractor stopped wor...