Hyderabad, June 2 -- As many as 123 children in Telangana lost both their parents to COVID-19 since March 2020, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) data showed.

The data is made available on Bal Swaraj, the online tracking portal of NCPCR which also showed that 103 kids lost their parents to the pandemic in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Around 9346 children in the country are in a hasty need of care and protection, in which almost 7464 kids have lost at least one of the parents, while 1742 lost both because of the pandemic.

Around 140 kids have been abandoned by their parents.

Among the orphans, 4860 are boys and the rest are girls, with 788 orphans who are just in the age group of zero to three, and nearly 1...