Haliyal Taluka, CherYsh’s community in Uttara Karnataka, suffers significantly from the second wave of
COVID-19. Several parts of the taluk were in a state of being sealed for an extended period. The cases
are very high (the highest in Karnataka), resulting in strict measures that have badly impacted everyday
life and livelihood in Haliyal. Unemployment has drastically increased; reverse migration from
Maharashtra, Bangalore, Belgaum, Goa has added more burden.