Visakhapatnam

In Vizag, destitute man gets help after ‘The Hindu’ photo goes viral

A mentally challenged destitute person drags himself across the road in Visakhapatnam. (Right) GVMC team rescuing the person.

A mentally challenged destitute person drags himself across the road in Visakhapatnam. (Right) GVMC team rescuing the person.  

The photograph clicked by K.R. Deepak showed a middle-aged destitute person trying to drag himself across the road near the Asilmetta junction in search of food.

At a time when the entire State machinery is engaged in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) has risen to the occasion to take care of a destitute person, thanks to the photograph clicked by The Hindu photographer that has gone viral on Twitter and Instagram.

The photograph clicked by K.R. Deepak on Thursday showed a middle-aged destitute person, who is followed by a stray dog, trying to drag himself across the road near the Asilmetta junction in search of food.

The photograph caught the attention of MEPMA Mission Director G.S. Naveen Kumar, who immediately alerted Y. Srinivasa Rao, MEPMA Project Director, GVMC, and V. Nagaraju, District Mission Coordinator.

Shifted to ward

The MEPMA team rushed to the spot by evening and provided him food and clothing. “Since the man is suffering from cold, we have shifted him to the COVID-19 isolation ward in the Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases for treatment and clinical test,” said Dr. Srinivasa Rao.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 5, 2020 5:07:24 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/mepma-reaches-out-to-a-destitute-in-vizag/article31187015.ece

Next Story