tirsdag 11. mai 2021

Dozens of bodies wash up on the banks of Ganges River in India

At least 71 bodies have been pulled from the banks of the Ganges River in eastern India, as a second Covid-19 wave ravages the country and engulfs its healthcare system. Local authorities are investigating and a postmortem of the bodies was carried out, but "due to heavy decomposition, we were unable to determine the cause of death," officials in the Bixar district of Bihar state said in a statement Tuesday.

Indian media quoted Ashok Kumar, a local official for the town of Chausa in Buxar district, who corroborated reports of the discovery of bodies circulating on social media. However, Kumar told the Press Trust of India that authorities "cannot confirm whether the deceased were indeed COVID-19 positive." CNN could not reach the official on Monday.