People in India are dying in the streets amid a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 infections — prompting an oxygen shortage and mass cremations to deal with the overwhelming amount of bodies.
“The virus is swallowing our city’s people like a monster,” said Mamtesh Sharma, an official at the Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat crematorium in Bhopal.
Sharma said the unprecedented crush of bodies has forced them to skip individual ceremonies and rituals that are Hindu traditions.
“We are just burning bodies as they arrive,” Sharma said. “It is as if we are in the middle of a war.”
In some of the hardest-hit cities, bodies were being burned in makeshift facilities that were running mass cremations.
Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear bumper of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi, India.AP/Altaf Qadri
The country’s Health Ministry on Sunday reported another 2,767 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s mounting death count