Dozens of suspected COVID victims found in India’s Ganges

Joanna Estrada
May 11, 2021

Many local residents, who spoke before cameras with their faces masked, claimed that the district administration was "in denial over many such unfortunate incidents involving residents of Buxar".

Officials say the bodies floated down the Ganga from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state.

Another said that administration officials often refused to hand over Covid patients' bodies to their families, promising to perform the last rites themselves while observing the pandemic protocols.

Video circulating on social media and published on Indian news outlets purports to show the bodies floating in the water close to the river bank.

On Thursday, locals in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur spotted over a dozen bodies floating in the Yamuna river.

The recovery of the dead bodies in such large numbers has sent shockwaves across the entire country, with many questioning that where did those come from.

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The bodies of more than 30 people have been pulled from the banks of the Ganges River in eastern India, as a second Covid-19 wave ravages the country and engulfs its healthcare system. "People are terrified of getting COVID".

The bodies, found by horrified residents, were floating in the river and some dumped on the banks in northern Bihar state, Times of India news website reported on Monday. "A district administration official came and said they would pay Rs. 500 for cleaning up the bodies", Kumar told reporters.

He said some of the bodies were half-burnt, suggesting they were dumped in the river midway during cremation - either because the firewood ran out or because the crematory assistants wanted to clear the queues. Uttar Pradesh's Birpur and Baregam are on the banks of the river Ganga and nearer to Buxar. "We are making arrangements to cremate these corpses", he said, according to ANI.

Ram Dheeraj, who runs a school in the Gahmar area of Ghazipur, said: "You can see six-seven bodies floating in the Ganga in Gahmar every day".

According to Mr. Varma, the exorbitant cost of cremation could have forced the poor to jettison bodies in the river. There are just two assistants and not enough firewood.

"It almost costs ₹30,000-40,000 to cremate a body".

He added: "There's a tradition here to immerse dead pregnant woman or those killed by snakebite".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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