The cremation of COVID-19 victims at the Seemapuri Crematorium in New Delhi, India.
- Visitors to a park in the Indian city of Bhopal will walk on a field made of the remains of 6,000 Covid victims.
- After a crematorium had no space to store uncollected ashes, the idea of this park surfaced.
- The city is now turning 1,115 square meters of wasteland into a memorial to the victims of the pandemic.
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A few years later, when tourists encounter a park in a corner of Bhopal, India, they should go lightly-because they will walk in the resting place of about 6,000 Covid victims.
The city plans to convert a 1,115-square-meter vacant lot into a monument and lush cemetery to commemorate those who died during the Covid pandemic.
According to Indian news organizations, this is because the city’s main Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat crematorium has no space to store large amounts of uncollected ashes from Covid victims Hindustan TimesThe media estimated that 21 trucks of ashes out of the more than 6,000 people cremated between March 15 and June 15 will be used to develop the park.
This South China Morning Post Speaking with Mamtesh Sharma, 51-year-old crematorium manager, he said that the unclaimed ashes of Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat were initially stored in huge urns. However, the rate of burning of corpses there far exceeds the storage space available in the crematorium.
“At the second peak of the second wave after we burned 100 to 150 corpses every day, we had to continue to make room. We added more and more lockers to store urns. Once we set up 500 lockers Make room. Then we added another dressing room. There is no room now, but we need other cremation space,” he told the South China Morning Post.
Sharma also told the South China Morning Post that he was not surprised that so many ashes had not yet been collected. Some family members only took part of the bones, not the entire number.
It is also possible that some of the ashes are unclaimed because there is no one to collect them. Bloomberg News Report in May The entire family was wiped out by Covid, especially in rural India. Simultaneously, New Delhi is facing a similar problem with mountains of ashes, But the volunteers chose to spread these cremation remains in the Ganges instead of burying them.
Indian news media NDTV According to reports, the ashes will be mixed with a mixture of soil, cow dung, wood chips, sand and other materials and placed on the ground. The park can accommodate 3,500 to 4,000 plants, and its development committee is inviting people to come and plant saplings.
“We have urged the families of those killed by Covid-19 to participate in the planting work. The management committee will take care of these plants until they grow into a tree,” said Arun Choudhary, president of Bhopal. Park Construction Committee, to NDTV.
This Madhya Pradesh, IndiaThe city where Bhopal is located has so far reported 790,042 Covid cases and more than 9,000 deaths.
India has More than 30 million Covid cases and more than 400,000 deaths have been recordedThe country had to deal with a severe surge in Highly transmittable Delta variant The case in its devastating second wave- Over-expanding its healthcare system, Paralyzed its funeral service industry And lead to the corpse Was discarded in the Ganges.
Disturbingly, in May, India also announced that it was contagious and fatal Black fungus is becoming a minor epidemic Spread among Covid survivors, Cause people to lose their eyes and limbs.