Dozens of human corpses float, pile up at Ganga bank in Bihar's Buxar
By Our Correspondent, 11/05/2021, Patna


The incident of floating and piling up of corpses in Bihar’s Buxar has sparked fears about the scale of the COVID-19 crisis in the country. It is not clear how the bodies came to be there, but local media reports suggest they may be Covid-19 victims. Some media reports say as many as 100 bodies have been found, and that their condition suggests they may have been in the river for several days.

It is reported that shortage of wood for cremations and the rising costs associated with funerals were leaving some families with no option but to put the bodies of loved ones who had died from COVID 19 directly into the river.

According to local residents, the situation is highly deplorable. There are more than 150 infected bodies floating in the river. Consequently, people of areas including Katgharwa, Kamharia and Chausa, among others, are in shock and fear. People are frightened to even come for cremation at this ghat.

Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday termed the incident as "unfortunate" and asked concerned states to take immediate cognizance. "The incident of corpses found floating in Ganga in Buxar region of Bihar is unfortunate. This is definitely a matter of investigation. The Modi government is committed to the cleanliness of 'mother' Ganga. This incident is unexpected. The concerned states should take immediate cognizance in this regard," Shekhawat tweeted.