BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
Information reaching 9News Nigeria reveals the state of death tolls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in India.
The most worrisome is that the India’s holiest river Ganges has turned to a swollen gully with Covid victims scattered on it.
Our source told us that funeral pyres are lit by the Ganges in Allahabad where bodies have been washing up downstream for weeks.
There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has kept INCREASING in India and the control of victims have been a challenge to the country.
Information has it that Hundreds of corpses have been found floating in the river or buried in the sand of its banks.
Those who live close to where they have washed up, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, fear they are Covid-19 victims.
India has been overwhelmed by a devastating second wave of the pandemic in recent weeks as reported.
It has recorded more than 25 million cases and 275,000 deaths, but experts say the real death toll is several times higher.
The bodies on the river banks, taken together with funeral pyres burning round-the-clock and cremation grounds running out of space, tell the story of a death toll unseen and unacknowledged in official data.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that in some of the worst affected districts of Uttar Pradesh, the story of the floating bodies lies traditional beliefs, poverty, and a pandemic killing people at lightning speed.
Meanwhile, the Map in the news is showing the location of Chausa and Guhmar in Northern India where this horror in Uttar Pradesh first came to light on 10 May when 71 corpses washed up on the river bank in Bihar’s Chausa village, near the state border.
Neeraj Kumar Singh, superintendent of police for Buxar, where Chausa is located, told the press that autopsies were carried out on the mostly decomposed bodies, DNA samples were taken, and the bodies buried in pits near the river bank.
Officials said some of the remains could be body parts which had found their way into the Ganges after routine cremations on the banks, but they suspected the corpses had been dumped in the river. The police installed a net across the water to catch any more.
A day later, six miles (10km) from Chausa, dozens of heavily decomposed bodies were found strewn on the river bank in Gahmar village in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district, with feral dogs and crows feasting on them.
The people are seriously tensed and confused of the high increase of dead bodies decomposing on the India’s holiest river Ganges.
9News Nigeria (Owerri)
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