Lucknow: Imalia village situated on the outskirts of Lucknow is embedded in silent shock and grief. Seven members of a family died within a span of 20 days between April 25 and May 15. The eighth member was unable to bear the shock of successive deaths and died following cardiac arrest.

The deceased include four brothers of the family. According to Omkar Yadav, who is now the surviving head of the family, “My four brothers, two sisters and mother died of Covid within days of each other. My aunt could not bear the shock and she died of heart attack.”