Stray dogs are feasting on bodies of dead Covid-19 patients in India as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic.
The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in India has moved past 335,000 making India the second most affected country in the world with the highest number of Coronavirus cases.
India has recorded 28 million cases of Covid-19, second only to the US. And now it is the epicenter of the global pandemic.
A deadly third wave in recent weeks has overwhelmed the India’s fragile healthcare system, with hospitals struggling to cope with the influx of Covid patients.
Crematoriums (for Hindus) and cemeteries (for Muslims) have been overwhelmed as they struggle to dispose of dead bodies.
Photos of stray dogs eating charred human bodies that washed up on river banks have now emerged from India.
The incidents of stray dogs seen consuming human flesh have been reported in Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand. The dogs are said to be eating bodies that drifted onto banks of river Bhagirathi.
Some poor families have been forced to throw bodies in rivers due to full cemeteries. And even cremated bodies are not fully burnt down to ashes, the charred remains are just thrown in rivers.
Locals are worried that Covid-19 could soon spread further through the water supply or through the dogs that are consuming victims of the virus.
Residents have called on the local government to address the piling up of corpses to avoid the spread of Covid through washed up bodies in the river.
Municipality president Ramesh Semwal was reported to have said that after receiving complaints, officials assigned a person to cremate the half-burnt bodies which washed up on the riverbank.
There was a similar instance of bodies of Covid-19 victims washing up on the banks of the River Ganges in the northern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh last month.