Noida, March 26 -- Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation Tuesday evening and announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, many rushed out of homes to stock up on essential goods. The panic-buying continued on Wednesday morning as well.

Long queues were seen outside several stores that sell daily need items, despite authorities urging people to stay calm and indoors.

"I had to get kuttu (buckwheat) flour for my fast on Wednesday. I went around 9pm Tuesday to the department store in our society and it was packed even at that hour. People were queued up outside the store and the sad part is that in their panic, most residents completely forgot about social distancing. The shopkeeper was asking them to remain calm but to ...