Mass funeral pyres reflect India’s COVID crisis

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 is consoled by another during cremation in Jammu, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021. Delhi has been cremating so many bodies of coronavirus victims that authorities are getting requests to start cutting down trees in city parks, as a second record surge has brought India’s tattered healthcare system to its knees.

A man in protective suit digs earth to bury the body of a person who died of COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Multiple funeral pyres of those who died of COVID-19 burn at a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for the mass cremation of coronavirus victims, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Flames rise from cremation pyres of 13 COVID-19 patients who died in a fire that broke out in Vijay Vallabh COVID-19 hospital, at Virar, near Mumbai, India, Friday, April 23, 2021.

A dead body waits to be cremated as multiple funeral pyres of those who died of COVID-19 burn at a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for mass cremation of coronavirus victims, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

People perform rituals next to a funeral pyre for a family member who died of COVID-19 at a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for mass cremation of COVID-19 victims in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Family members put flowers as they perform the last rites for a COVID-19 victim at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

A man transports a dead body on a handcart to a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for mass cremation of COVID-19 victims, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

A woman is consoled by a relative at a crematorium during mass cremation of COVID-19 victims, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Relatives and municipal workers in protective suit bury the body of a person who died due to COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

A man sits on a log while waiting for the funeral of his relative who died of COVID-19, at a ground that has been converted into a crematorium for mass cremation of COVID-19 victims in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

People line up dead bodies of those who died of COVID-19 at a crematorium, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Members of the family of a COVID-19 victim put a shroud over the body lying on a road outside a crematorium in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Members of a family of COVID-19 victim prepare funeral pyre for deceased member as multiple funeral pyres of those who died of COVID-19 are seen at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 breaks down during cremation in Jammu, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 reacts at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Sunday, April.25, 2021

Family members of a person who died due to COVID-19 light the funeral pyre at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Monday, April 26, 2021.

Health workers and relatives carry the body of a COVID-19 victim for cremation in Jammu, India, Monday, April 26, 2021.

Hindus arrive to immerse the ashes of their relative who died of COVID-19 at the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, sacred to them, in Prayagraj, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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