Saturday, May 1, 2021

People in India are being cremated in parking lots, with so much demand that families have to take tickets and wait

Victims of India's devastating COVID-19 surge are being cremated in parking lots, with one crematorium so overwhelmed that it has launched a ticketing system.


In the past two weeks, the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in India has repeatedly broken global records, with the country recording thousands of new deaths every day.

The staff at the Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi recently erected several extra burning platforms in the parking lot to keep up with the staggering demand..

Cremation is the standard death rite in Hinduism, India's dominant religion, and crematoriums are under intense pressure.

"Before the pandemic, we used to cremate eight to 10 people" a day, Jitender Singh Shunty, the head of the Seemapuri crematorium, told CNN. "Now, we are cremating 100 to 120 a day."

The crematorium is so busy that families arriving with their dead relatives are now being made to take a ticket and join a queue to wait their turn, CNN reported.

In the city of Gurgaon, in the northern Haryana state, staff at the Madanpuri crematorium also transformed a parking lot into a temporary cremation site on Monday, The Times Of India reported.

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