In northern India, not far from the border between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states, 40 bodies were found at the bank of the Ganges River. Supposedly, they died from coronavirus. The bodies were brought to the bank by a course, as BBC reported.
Some media report that about 100 bodies were found. Officials stated that the deceased appeared to be bloated and partially burnt. It is not excluded that they could stay in a river for a few days.
The bodies of the deceased could appear in the river within the cremation of coronavirus victims along the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh state as local official Ashok Kumar said. He said that the remains will be buried or cremated.
Some locals and journalists stated about the shortage of wood for cremation and the growth of costs for burial. As a result, some families started to throw the bodies of relatives who died from coronavirus to the river.
"Private hospitals are looting people. Common people are not left with money to pay a priest and spend more on cremation at the river bank. They are asking 2,000 rupees [£20; $27] just to get the corpse out of the ambulance. The river has become their last recourse so people are immersing corpses in the river,” local citizen Chandra Mohan said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 22.6 million cases of coronavirus infection and 246,116 deaths were registered in India. Experts believe that the real number of deceased can be much higher.
In March, the new Covid-19 strain with the double mutation was observed in India. In April, the catastrophic situation with the spread of coronavirus occurred. During a week, the world records of growths of infected people were registered in the country.
Over 40 countries took commitments to help India in the provision of main medical needs. The Foreign Minister of India held a briefing with the heads of the missions all over the world to inform them about the current crisis. According to him, the import of oxygen for treatment of Covid-19 patients is a priority for India and 40 states declared their readiness to help.