BELGAUM: The dearth of sand in the market, which has left thousands of construction workers jobless, has claimed the lives of two masons who were unable to afford their medical expenses, at Turmuri village in Belgaum taluk.
The deceased have been identified as Kenchappa Basawant Korde (35) and his younger brother Bharma Basawant Korde (30).
The duo were dependent on construction work for their livelihood. According to their relatives, the brothers had been facing financial difficulties for the last three months because of unemployment.
Most construction work has been stalled due to the dearth of sand in the market. Kenchappa, who fell sick, was unable to avail proper medical treatment due to his financial crisis and breathed his last on Sunday.
Kenchappa, whose wife passed away about an year ago, is survived by two children, a seven-year-old and an 18-month-old baby. Bharma, who was in the same situation as his brother, passed away on September 28.