Ganges River, a large number of new crown patients floating bodies, the Indian media gave three major reasons

Since the emergency of the new crown epidemic (CCP virus), the number of deaths in India has skyrocketed and there are even multiple floating corpses in the Ganges River. In a report on 13th local time, India’s First Post summarized three reasons for the large number of floating bodies in the Ganges River: the high cost of cremation, religious beliefs and lack of wood.

According to the report, a social worker in the Bergsar region said that two to four bodies can be seen floating on the Jossa embankment of the Ganges every 10 to 15 days. Reports mention that some rural areas believe that if people do not get married, the bodies do not have to be cremated.

A local person reportedly said that villagers in the surrounding rural areas prefer to bring the dead to the Ganges. There are two main reasons for this: religious beliefs and poverty. The report said that, as in other parts of India recently, the number of deaths in Bergsar is also increasing. The local also said that in the past, two to four bodies arrived at the crematorium every day. But recently, that number has swelled to nearly 60, and more bodies are reaching the Jawtha riverbank.

“The water level of the Ganges is currently low, so the bodies stay on the riverbank. Sometimes, wild animals also ‘desecrate’ the bodies. Yesterday, the district magistrate removed about 71 bodies from near the Jawza embankment, collected DNA samples and buried them.” The person added.

In addition, the high cost of conducting cremations forces locals to push the dead into the river, said a village chief in Ghemer district. “It’s not just our village, this can be seen in almost all the villages along the Ganges.” The village headman added.

As previously reported, India’s central government on the 11th had asked the states along the Ganges to stop the act of dumping bodies into the river.

Firstpost also mentioned that sources in Birpur district said that shortage of wood was also one of the reasons why people were pushing the bodies into the Ganges. Also, because it is summertime and the Ganges is not flowing at a very high speed, the bodies sometimes float to the shore instead of washing away down the river.

India’s new crown epidemic continues to be severe recently. According to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health on May 13, 362,727 new cases of New Guan were confirmed in India in the past 24 hours, with a total of 237,036,665 confirmed cases; 4,120 new deaths were reported, with a total of 258,317 deaths.