- Title: Coronavirus outbreak takes bloom off flower business in India
- Date: 2nd July 2020
- Summary: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JULY 02, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) SIGNBOARD READING (Hindi): 'FARMERS' FLOWER MARKET' PEOPLE AT FLOWER STALL GARLANDS ON DISPLAY MEN HOLDING GARLANDS FLOWER SELLERS SEATED GARLANDS ON DISPLAY FLOWER SELLER SELLING GARLANDS GARLANDS ON DISPLAY (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) FLOWER SELLER, SUMANT, SAYING: "The flower market was closed from last three months (due to lockdown), our condition has worsened because of this, and we are on the verge of starvation." FLOWER STALLS GARLANDS ON DISPLAY (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) FLOWER SELLER, ANIL KUMAR, SAYING: "The market has opened but there are no customers to buy the flowers. There is no response from the customers." VARIOUS OF FLOWERS ON DISPLAY PEOPLE AT MARKET
- Embargoed: 16th July 2020 13:56
- Keywords: India Narendra Modi Uttar Pradesh Varanasi coronavirus flower business lockdown
- Location: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CL4BA6N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Flower sellers in India's holy town of Varanasi are saddened as the coronavirus lockdown has adversely affected the business and traders are incurring huge losses.
Sale of flower mounts in India's spiritual capital Varanasi ahead of 'Sravan' - the holy month in Hindu calendar, to worship Lord Shiva, has gone down tremendously due to the lockdown that has kept customers off the market.
"The flower market was closed from last three months (due to lockdown), our condition has worsened because of this, and we are on the verge of starvation," said a flower seller, Sumant on Thursday (July 02).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had locked down its 1.3 billion citizens almost three months ago in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that sparked a crisis for the hundreds of millions of Indians that rely on daily wages to survive.
At least 17,834 people have died because of coronavirus and 604,641 have tested positive till now.
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