Indian authorities found several bodies, suspected to be of COVID victims, flouting in the river Ganges near Buxar district, Bihar on Monday.
Initially, locals reported that they had seen around four dozens of corpses, bloated and decomposed, on the banks of the river.
However, the Buxar administration claimed that the bodies belonged to neighbouring state — Uttar Pradesh. According to the locals, many villagers use to dispose dead bodies on the banks of Ganga due to high cost of cremation or funeral pyres.
In a similar case, some bodies were also found flouting on the banks of the river in Ghazipur district of UP.
Meanwhile, many such districts are also facing a shortage of wood and other material required for cremation, following the ongoing COVID and lockdown crisis in India. “Many bereaved family members are impelled to immerse the bodies of their departed relatives in the river,” a resident told local media.