India Covid: Delhi builds makeshift funeral pyres as deaths climb
Posted on April 27th, 2021

Courtesy BBC

Image shows a relative at the site of makeshift funeral pyres

Funeral pyres have been built in parks and other empty spaces after Delhi’s crematoriums reached capacity

Crematoriums in the Indian capital Delhi have been forced to build makeshift funeral pyres, as the city runs out of space to cremate its dead.

Staff are working around the clock, while parks and other empty spaces are also being utilised for cremations.

Families have had to wait hours before being allowed to cremate their dead due to the rise in demand.

Deaths have been surging in India as a second wave of infections devastates the country.

The rising number of deaths – 380 were recorded in Delhi alone on Monday – has left crematoriums in urgent need of space.

At the capital city’s Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, at least 27 new pyres have been built and dozens more are being added in a nearby park. Officials are also looking for additional space near the city’s Yamuna river bed.

A worker at the crematorium, which originally had capacity for only 22 bodies, told The Hindu newspaper that they are operating continuously from early morning until midnight.

In Delhi, the authorities have reportedly cut down trees in city parks for use as kindling on funeral pyres. Relatives of the dead have also been asked to help with cremations by piling wood and assisting in other rituals.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-56897970

One Response to “India Covid: Delhi builds makeshift funeral pyres as deaths climb”

  1. Nimal Says:

    We must also cremate the dead, to stop the spread.

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