At least 110 bodies, many of them decomposed and bloated, were found floating in India’s Ganga river over the past couple of days.
While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar’s Buxar district, at least 45 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state.
Authorities are yet to confirm if the bodies were of Covid victims. The federal government has asked the states along the Ganga river to ensure strict vigilance to check no dead bodies are dumped in the water bodies.
Local residents have blamed shortage of wood for cremations and the rising costs associated with funerals left families with no option but to put the bodies of loved ones who had died from coronavirus directly into the river.
Authorities have installed a net across the Ganges to catch the corpses of Covid victims after dozens washed up on the river’s banks.
India currently is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The second wave has ravaged parts of India, with deaths rising significantly in recent weeks. Most of the country’s crematoriums have run out of spaces.
On May 7, the country recorded a global record 414,188 new cases. More than 254,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the country since the start of the pandemic.