3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip

Babubasa, Siliguri United Relief Team (Manipuri-Ukhrul missionaries team living in Siliguri) helped them with packaged food. The convoy reached Manipur on 14 May, 2020.

3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
36 stranded Manipuris hit the long road trip from Mumbai to Imphal
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip
3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip

3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients, hit Long Road Trip

 

In an audacious move, 36 Manipuris including 14 cancer patients stranded in Mumbai due to the extended lockdown, started the return journey towards their home state, Manipur, on May 8, 2020.

As the whole country is under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 36 people including 14 cancer patients and their attendants departed Mumbai in a bus and an ambulance, after running for three days to seek Manipur and Maharashtra road movement permit.

They will cover approximately 3200 km traversing through the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, before reaching Manipur.

3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients hit Long Road Trip. thenevibes.com

Even in normal situation and for healthy individuals, the long road journey can be an arduous and daunting task. But with such vulnerable passengers, you could well imagine how challenging it would have been to undertake this journey?

The 14 patients have completed their treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, and were eagerly waiting for the lockdown to get lifted. However, due to the extension of lockdown, these patients and their attendants were stuck in their rooms in Mumbai without proper food.

The decision to hit the road was taken after much thought; also they were worried that being stuck in the rooms in Mumbai for long would aggravate their cancer.

The glint of hope and courage in the eyes of the patients, and the strong urge to return home, made them collectively decide to leave Mumbai, the worst affected city of India.

3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients hit Long Road Trip. thenevibes.com

They booked the vehicles, and shared the expenses of INR 5.75 lakh for the road journey by bus and an ambulance equipped with oxygen cylinders. After being medically certified ‘fit to travel’ by Maharashtra doctors; they started their journey back home.

They took the route: Mumbal-Nashik-Indore-Katni-Allahabad-Patna-Siliguri-Guwahati-Dimapur-Kohima and finally Imphal, targeting to reach their final destination within five days. The journey has been going smooth and non-stop except stopping for food, fuel and toilet requirements.

Nelson Elangbam, who’s also a part of the journey, shared on his Facebook timeline:

Finally, we hit the highway from yesterday night. We 36 of us started from Mumbai to reach imphal by Bus and one...

Posted by Nelson Elangbam on Friday, 8 May 2020

“Finally, we hit the highway from yesterday night. We 36 of us started from Mumbai to reach imphal by Bus and one Ambulance, we will be completing around 3200 kms passing through 6 states namely Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland.

It all started with this Virus, the uncertain we started having while getting treatment from Tata Memorial Hospital and this lockdown has again locked us all up at Mumbai leaving no choice but to stay in the room without proper food due to this nation wide lockdown.

We are more than 14 cancer patients at Mumbai who have completed treatment and eagerly waiting for the lockdown to get lifted, but due to the extension, everyone has started losing hopes, all we could think was to arrange to go back home sweet home. We started discussing about leaving this worst hit city of India, Mumbai by any means. Then we got 36 of us (which includes patients attendees) we booked our own vehicle bearing the cost ourself, thus started this beautiful story of life on wheels for 4 days on highway. The courage I saw in the eyes of all these patients inspired me to run around for Manipur and Maharashtra movement permit. Which we got after three days of running around.

We started from Mumbal- then Nashik-Indore- Katni- Allahabad- Patna- Siliguri - Guwahati - Dimapur - Kohima and finally Imphal after 3 and half days.

Pls pray for us ????????????

And see you soon Kangleipak

A small request to the authorities of Manipur to get us all tested for Covid-19 before we meet our dear and love ones, even though we are already given medically fit to travel by Maharashtra Doctors.”

 The news of the road trip has gone viral on social media, and netizens are praying for their safe journey.

It is heart-warming to learn that Babubasa, Siliguri United Relief Team (Manipuri-Ukhrul missionaries team living in Siliguri), helped them with packaged food and water. The convoy has reached Manipur on May 14, 2020.

3200 km, 5 days! From Mumbai to Imphal, 36 stranded Manipuris including 14 Cancer Patients hit Long Road Trip. thenevibes.com

All of them have given COVID-19 tests, and staying in a quarantine centre in Imphal.

We pray for the well-being of everyone!

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