Stranded labourers return to Mangaluru from Lakshadweep. Image Source: IANS News

Bengaluru, May 28 : Nineteen people, mostly labourers, who were stuck in Lakshadweep islands due to the lockdown, have returned to Mangaluru in a ship, an official said on Thursday.

"Nineteen people arrived in Mangaluru from Lakshadweep islands. They all have been screened for Covid-19," Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B. Rupesh told IANS.

All the 19 returnees have been stamped and sent to home quarantine. "Because they have not shown any symptom, the risk is low," Rupesh said.

According to Rupesh, many people working near the port keep going to Lakshadweep and this time they got caught up in the islands because of the lockdown.

"Many of the returnees are labourers and construction workers. Between Mangaluru and Lakshadweep, vessels crisscross regularly in normal times," a Mangaluru Old Port official told IANS.

He said the labourers worked in government construction projects in the Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea.

Both the governments of Karnataka and Lakshwadeep coordinated for the return of the workers.

Except one employee, all the other 18 are labourers. They returned from islands such as Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshwadeep, Agatti and Kilttan in the vessel Amindivi.

Lakshwadeep is 365 km southwest of Mangaluru off shore.

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