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As Covid deaths mount, Panchkula cremation floor turns away 15 grieving households

UNDER the blue sky, all 14 funeral pyres burn ferociously on the solely cremation floor of Panchkula in Sector 20 on Thursday. The air is crammed with smoke and ashes because the stench of a burning human physique makes it approach via a lone member of the family, an MC official and people setting the pyres. Overwhelmed with our bodies on Thursday with as many as 29 deaths within the district, at the least 15 others who succumbed to the illness await their probability to show to ash.
Reserved for the final rites of these being snatched away by Covid-19, the only real cremation floor of Panchkula metropolis, which seldom noticed any pyres, is now singed with flames. Thursday was notably merciless. Members of the family and kin grieving the lack of their family members are instructed to come back one other day. “We do not need any area left. All pyres are burning. They are going to settle down by tomorrow, we’ll then re-start cremating the remaining,” says a caretaker.
Because the movement of our bodies to crematorium will increase, administration begins getting ready for a brand new cremation floor in Sector 28 of the town. “The picket logs are all prepared and have been dropped in that floor. It has been determined that 5 our bodies will likely be burnt tomorrow morning in Sector 28 whereas the remaining will likely be introduced right here,” provides the caretaker, who didn’t need to be named.
Whereas the Panchkula well being division has formally solely accepted 44 Covid-related deaths within the district as per its every day well being bulletin on Covid-19, data obtainable on the cremation workplace counsel that at the least 184 individuals have already succumbed to the illness.
Towards the 29 lifeless our bodies which have been introduced into the CH6 mortuary to be burned as per the Covid protocol, solely seven have been mirrored within the every day district bulletin.
As per the workers on the bottom, cremating the Covid our bodies every day, the variety of our bodies being burned has doubled previously 10 days. Whereas 7-8 lifeless our bodies have been being introduced into the crematorium for the reason that starting of April, the quantity breached 12 previously week.

“At the moment that quantity doubled and we ran out of pyres. There’s an pressing want to start out the LPG chamber of the crematorium,” mentioned a safety guard who works on the bottom.
The gasifier chamber which was promised by Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal a day in the past on Wednesday, is but to start out functioning. “The chamber has been mendacity prepared in wait of LPG gasoline and a generator for the previous 10 months. No one has cared about it. Yesterday all of the sudden the Mayor accompanied by a number of officers arrived to took a take a look at it. Now we have requested them for a generator too,” mentioned one other caretaker.

The state of affairs has develop into so dire that non-Covid our bodies are actually being diverted to Manimajra crematorium. “We’re left with no selection however to ship the our bodies away. There isn’t a area for official Covid deaths right here, how are we to rearrange for non-Covid deaths as properly,” say the crematorium employees.

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