Cremation in public chowk after India’s funeral system collapsed

Cremation for victims of Kovid-19 built on wastelands in New Delhi

Collapse in the funeral system India Worsens every day and with an increase in the number of cases and deaths COVID-19 In the country, through which about 700 thousand infections were recorded Coronavirus In two days. New Delhi, in the Indian capital alone, suffered 380 deaths on Monday (26). Most affected by the lack of vacancies in the city Crematórios, Which has paved the way for the improvement of the pyre in public parks and squares. The amount of bodies overloaded the queue Funeral Although workers are working in Pali from morning till midnight.

The struggle in Delhi’s hospitals for beds, oxygen supply and intensive care units is reflected in the final system. Family members who want to cremate the corpses of the victims of the new coronovirus have to line up hours before the authority and in some cases, even to put a pile of firewood and aid in the ritual, Given the overload of cremation in the city.

Cremation for victims of Kovid-19 built on wastelands in New Delhi

To reduce waiting and save time, public spaces are being used to create places for cremation. According to the BBC, dozens of new pyramids are under construction, in a park near Sarai Kale Khan crematorium in the Indian capital. They will be added to another 27 that were repaired at the crematorium headquarters, who also want additional space near a local river, the Yamuna.

Relatives of Kovid-19 victims have been collecting wood for use in improvised funeral processions.  Photo: SOPA Image / SOPA Image / Lightcut via Gate
Relatives of Kovid-19 victims have been collecting wood for use in improvised funeral processions. Photo: SOPA Image / SOPA Image / Lightcut via Gate

At the Ghazipur crematorium in the east of Delhi, 20 new pyramids were built in the parking lot. According to an employee of The Indian Express, the wait in the line was on average three to four hours. He explained that it takes six hours for each body to be fully cremated. The director of the Center for Holistic Development, Sunil Kumar Aledia, told the BBC that this expansion, although in some places, could not be done due to lack of space.

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Relatives of Kovid-19 victims await the cremation of dead bodies Photo: Hindustan Times / Hindustan Times via Getty Image
Relatives of Kovid-19 victims await the cremation of dead bodies Photo: Hindustan Times / Hindustan Times via Getty Image

In the queue to be agile and running for service, workers have sacrificed themselves with extensive work hours. At Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, one of them told the Indian newspaper The Hindu that the group was working from dawn to midnight. The problem, however, is not particular to the capital. In the state of Gujarat, in western India, the report also highlights the fighting of the authorities.

Construction of incineration platforms on the ground next to Sarai Kale Khan crematorium in New Delhi
Construction of incineration platforms on the ground next to Sarai Kale Khan crematorium in New Delhi

“We are working 24 hours with the ability to cremate the dead body on time,” said Kamlesh Navik, president of the fund that runs the crematorium in Surat city of Gujarat.

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