Dozens of corpses were found floating on the Ganges River in India in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, a day after decaying bodies were seen on the banks of the river in the town of Buxar, in the state of Bihar.
The bodies were found in the city of Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh. Officials are investigating the matter to find out where the bodies came from.
According to media reports, residents suspect these are the bodies of coronavirus patients and families must have returned the bodies to the river.
The bodies of more than 70 alleged victims of Covid-19 were recovered in Buxar by the district administration. Buxar Police Superintendent Neeraj Kumar Singh told Anadolu Agency that they had recovered 71 bodies to date.
“They are four to five days old and are very broken down. The autopsy was done, and we also proceeded to the cremation” , did he declare.
The country is grappling with a deadly second wave of the coronavirus that has severely strained its healthcare system, leading to shortages of oxygen supplies in hospitals as well as beds and coronavirus treatment drugs such as Remdesivir.
The official daily death toll in the country averages around 4,000 people. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat called the incident “unfortunate”.
“The incident of bodies found floating in Ganga in the Buxar region of Bihar is unfortunate. It’s definitely a question of inquiry He tweeted.
“The Modi government is committed to ensuring the cleanliness of ‘mother’ Ganga. This incident is unexpected. The states concerned should immediately take cognizance of it ”, he added.