After Bihar, now bloated human bodies floating in Ganga in Uttar Pradesh

Traumatised by the sight of floating human bodies in the Ganga, people fear the spreading of diseases in the area, which has not been spared by the ravaging Covid pandemic.

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A day after bodies of suspected Covid patients washed up on banks of Ganga in Bihar's Buxar, some unidentified corpses were found floating in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Photo : Courtesy ANI

A day after bodies of suspected Covid patients washed up on banks of Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar, some unidentified corpses were found floating in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

The local administration has initiated the probe.

“Our officers are present on the spot to investigate and ascertain where they came from. A probe into the matter is underway,” MP Singh, Ghazipur’s District Magistrate was quoted as saying by ANI.

The local people, traumatised by the sight of floating human bodies in the Ganga, fear spreading of diseases in the area, which has not been spared by the ravaging Covid pandemic.

They complained of stench coming from the bloated, decomposed corpses and accused the authorities of ineptitude.

“We informed the administration about the matter, but no action has been taken by them. If the situation continues like this, there is fear of us getting infected by Coronavirus,” Akhand, a resident, said.

The incident of floating and piling up of corpses in Bihar had sparked fears about the scale of the Covid crisis in the country. Authorities believe the relatives of those who succumbed to the virus, may not have been able to find space for performing their last rites.

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday termed the incident as “unfortunate” and asked the states concerned 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 states concerned should take immediate cognizance in this regard,” Shekhawat tweeted.

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