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Hastings family helpless as loved ones suffer in India

Published: May. 2, 2021 at 6:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - India has reported more than 18.7 million Coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. People young and old are dying left and right and one couple in Hastings is constantly worrying about their loved ones back home.

“We are just living two realities,” Rakesh Srivastava said. “One is we are getting back to normal life up here and the second one is, you know, that we are struggling to see our, very painful to see our close ones dying everyday.”

Every call, text or notification has the Srivastava family worried who might be next.

“We dread opening our WhatsApp messages because everyday because without fail we’ll have one of the near and dear ones, somebody has lost their lives over there, be it in your own family, somebody’s cousins,” Anchala Srivastava said.

About a week ago, Rakesh received a phone call from his cousin saying both his aunt and uncle tested positive and when they were admitted into the hospital, there weren’t enough beds to care for his aunt.

“So those are the times you know that you just feel like very helpless and what can you do,” Rakesh Srivastava said.

Anchala lost one of her cousins to COVID-19. She died waiting for a ventilator because she was 107 on the list.

“People are not dying from COVID-19, people are dying because they can’t get oxygen and ventilators on time because they don’t have enough,” Rakesh Srivastava said.

Rakesh tried to send a breathing machine to India but unfortunately it didn’t make it in time.

“When you have all the access to yourself and then you can not provide it or help them,” Rakesh Srivastava said. That’s the feeling of helplessness is what bothers me.”

Earlier this week the Biden-Harris Administration announced they were delivering $100 million worth of supplies to India.

President Biden also signed a proclamation barring entry into India. The Srivastava’s said not being able to see family for more than a year has been the toughest part.

“This is the time your family needs you and you can’t be there,” Anchala Srivastava.

Local4 was told Rakesh’s uncle passed away on Sunday.

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