As the COVID outbreak continues to wreak havoc across India, officials in Bihar’s Buxar district discovered at least 45 bodies floating in the Ganga on Monday, May 10. According to Ashok Kumar, Block Development Officer of Chausa in the district, they discovered at least 45 dead bodies at Mahadev Ghat and refuted suggestions that there were 100 bodies. “Chausa is located on the Bihar-Uttar Pradesh border. These bodies were definitely thrown in the districts of Uttar Pradesh. We have deployed guards at Mahadev Ghat and cremations of the bodies are underway,” Kumar said, according to IANS.
He went on to say that the administration had retrieved 15 of the bodies so far, and that none of the dead were residents of the area. SDO Buxar According to KK Upadhyay of NDTV, the bodies were not from Buxar since there was no practise of disposing of bodies in the water.
Kumar stated that since the bodies had begun to decompose, officials were unable to ascertain whether the deceased were actually COVID-19 positive. “However, we are taking all measures to ensure that these are disposed of in a proper manner,” he added, according to PTI. The unsettling images of the scene showed dogs wading in and out of the lake, causing COVID-related concerns.
A villager, Narendra Kumar, told NDTV that people are afraid of catching the disease but must bury the remains. According to reports, a district administration official offered Rs 500 for cleaning up the bodies.