New Delhi: In a shocking incident from Bihar, several bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients were found floating in River Ganga. The incident took place in Chausa, Buxar district. Additional reports of floating bodies also came from Katihar district. The incident has sparked fears that there has been a massive under reporting of COVID-19 deaths by the government.
The villagers near the spot told India Ahead that they have been complaining to the administration to remove the bodies but their complaints had fallen on deaf ears.
According to the officials , the bodies have washed up from upstream. They added that several bodies were 5-7 days old which means that they have come from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh as Chausa is just 10 kilometres from the UP-Bihar border.
” The bodies that have piled up have been washed up from upstream to the ghats here. Proper procedure to cremate them is beng conducted,” an official told India Ahead.
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He added, “It is still yet to be ascertained that whether these dead bodies came from but these are at least five to seven days old as they are all bloated up”.
Reports say that due to the long queues that have formed outside the crematoriums across the country, people have resorted to dumping bodies in the river.
Another point of concern is that stray dogs who inhabit these ghats pull these corpses from the water to consume them. This is a huge concern for infection if the body is COVID-19 infected and was not properly cremated.