Crematoriums in Delhi began using their parking lots for mass funeral pyres in recent days as they operate beyond capacity amid a relentless surge of new Chinese coronavirus cases and deaths across India.
“[Delhi] Authorities have been forced to create more funeral pyres so that people do not have to wait for hours and risk exposure to the virus,” Britain’s Independent newspaper reported on April 28.
“They are building dozens of new pyres at existing crematoriums, as well as using any additional space available, such as parking areas or nearby parks,” according to the newspaper.
A neverending queue of bodies awaiting cremation in Delhi… waiting time of upwards of 20 hours in 40+ degree heat. This pandemic has not spared even the dead.
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— Bodhisattva #DalitLivesMatter (@insenroy) April 28, 2021
Delhi is the national capital territory of India, located in the country’s north. The territory is