Stray dogs are EATING human bodies washed up on Indian river banks: Corpses are dumped into the water amid Covid crisis
- Body parts, some half burnt, washed up in town of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand
- Local residents said they saw dogs ‘gnawing and feeding on’ the corpses
- Although India’s cases have declined since early May peak, deaths remain high
- People have resorted to dumping bodies with crematoriums overwhelmed
Grisly footage has emerged of stray dogs eating human remains washed up on the banks of an Indian river as crematoriums continue to buckle under the strain of the Covid crisis.
Body parts, some of them half burnt, drifted onto banks of the river Bhagirathi in the town of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand.
One local resident said he was doing some painting by the river on Monday when he noticed the dogs ‘gnawing and feeding on’ the dead.
‘I feel it’s the death of humanity,’ the man told NDTV as he appealed to the local government to address the pile up of corpses.
Locals are worried that they may be Covid victims and that the disease could spread through the water or via the dogs which have been eating the bodies.
Although India’s infection rate has declined since it peaked in early May, with daily cases at more than 127,000 on Monday the daily death toll, averaging 3,500 over the last week, is believed to be a drastic underestimate.