The bodies, which were floating from Uttar Pradesh, were coronavirus victims whose families could not afford the cremation costs, authorities said.
“Some 35 to 40 bodies have been spotted, many of them could be victims of COVID-19. On normal days we see two to three of these bodies on this stretch of river, but the numbers are high due to the deadly outbreak, ”the local navy official said. Kant, told the DPA news agency by telephone from the town of Chausa where the bodies appeared.
The poorest regions affected by the outbreak of infections
Some of the corpses had been partially burned and swollen, suggesting they had been in the water for several days.
Residents told AFP news agency they believed the bodies were dumped as cremation sites in rural India were overwhelmed. Many residents, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two of India’s poorest states, are unable to buy wood for the pyres or pay workers who charge more for cremations of coronavirus.
Journal national The time of India reported the bodies would undergo government-paid autopsies and funerals, citing a local official.
The death toll can be underestimated
India has become the world’s worst coronavirus hotspot with around 4,000 people currently dying every day, official figures show. The total official death toll has almost reached a quarter of a million.
Cases began to skyrocket following government-authorized religious rallies and political rallies. The country has also been ravaged by the B.1.617 COVID-19 variant which appears to be more contagious.
The appearance of the bodies has given more weight to the suggestion that the number of COVID-19 deaths in India is underreported – especially now that infections have spread out of cities and into rural areas with fewer people. hospitals and poorer record keeping.
ab / aw (dpa, AFP)