More corpses have been found floating in the Ganges river near Ghazipur in the Uttar Pradesh state, a day after dozens of decomposed bodies were found in the river near the Buxar district in Bihar state.

Police and local people were at the site in Ghazipur on Tuesday to manage the scene while other officials investigated.

Local official, Mangla Prasad Singh said authorities were “trying to find out where these dead bodies came from? How did they get here and their numbers?”

A Ghazipur resident, Surinder, believed “the dead are being buried in the water” due to a shortage of wood for cremation, as is traditional in the Hindu religion.

According to Indian media, 71 bodies were retrieved from the Ganges on Monday in Bihar.

Authorities performed post mortems on Tuesday but have not been able to determine the cause of death due to the high level of decomposition of the bodies.

Photos and videos of the bodies floating in the river prompted outrage and speculation on social media that they may be Covid-19 fatalities, as a deadly surge of infections has ripped through India in recent weeks. But this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have seen rising coronavirus cases.


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