Ambulance staff filmed 'throwing COVID corpses' into Ganges River

Ambulance staff filmed 'throwing COVID corpses' into Ganges River


How long does the virus survive in water?


We're about to find out


I’m sure there was already plenty of COVID laced fecal matter in that water.


I just cannot believe how many people bathe in that water for religious reasons.




As the WHO once described some situations in certain countries, truly morbid experiments which may bring useful information at a very dire cost.


It's the Ganges. Even if the virus can survive in it, it'll probably evolve the ability to commit suicide just so it doesn't have to.


This belongs to cursed comments.


Or mutate into something hella worse.


Viruses need a host to mutate. Not many hosts in toxic sludge.


Maybe we'll finally create actual zombies


The Coronavirus has a lipid coat, which means it survives okay in water but exceptionally well in oily substances. So...yeah, it'll probably be okay in the Ganges.


Next thing we know the virus will be blessed by the river Ganga ...


Well with the amount of other stuff in the river I wouldn't think for very long.


Survive? It *thrives!* 🦑


Brilliant move. What do you do in a pandemic caused by an highly infectious disease? Put the bodies in the drinking water!! Brilliant!


> Put the bodies in the drinking water!! the already polluted with raw sewage drinking water?


Not only that they burn corpses and dump them remain in the river.


pay for the cremation and the disposal is free!


Did you read the article? They are running out of wood for burning the bodies and the traditional crematoriums aren't fast enough to keep up


sounds like a business opportunity here is my take: Collect the MASSIVE COWSHITS of your country into GIANT DIGESTERS. OBTAIN BIOGAS and burn the corpses with this. sell leftover biogas to other companies/setup your own electric grid for your city. easyfix


How can I invest in this?


> They are running out of wood for burning the bodies and the traditional crematoriums aren't fast enough to keep up It's time for modi to ban the export of cow dung, so they will not [bring cow shit with them in luggage to the US](https://old.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/nbaq1b/us_customs_wants_indians_to_stop_carrying_cow/).


Bro i once watched an Indian civil engineer confidently state that increased sewage output is good for the Ganges/Ganga because of the increase in "water volume". Man was dead ass serious too wish i could find the clip. That river is fekkin nasty.


It's ok, haven't you heard? India found that poop just cancels covid out* *Yes I'm being fckn sarcastic, señor smarty pants


No bro, not sarcastic. You can find cow dung on amazon India... Sellers are just outright saying yeah, this shit cures covid.


That's bullshit.


Technically it’s cowshit.


holy shit.


More like holy bull shit.


That’s extra


You don't know that!


K that's actually horrible


If you were referring to cow dung... [US Customs Wants Indians To Stop Carrying Cow Dung in Their Luggage](https://www.vice.com/en/article/4avwdq/us-america-customs-cow-dung-cakes-india-covid)


How is that legal to transport internationally??


It usually isn't due to foot & mouth risk (among others).


It's not. And they're not joking, we had a local airport where an Indian flight ended up with ditched luggage when searches were announced. Sure enough, some of it literally had cakes of cow shit in it.


It’s even weirder though, they believe water cleanses all so that means sewage, covid, whatever


Ya that's no kinds of good. I mean cyanide + water = diluted cyanide. Point is, it's still pretty bad :/


Only if it isn't diluted enough.


Unless you are a homeopath, then it becomes worse if it gets diluted .


If you were drinking water from the river ganges you were probably gonna die of other things before covid.


Happy cake day!


Drinking water? I thought that was shitting water!


LOL @ drinking water.... if you drinking the Ganges I think you're already one foot in the grave.


Read the article properly : the cost of funerals has gone up, poor families who can’t afford are putting the bodies in the river Ganga - this for Hindus is a holy river wherein traditionally after the last rites the ashes are immersed into this very river, so in a way they are consigning the body to a holy river. I know it sounds weird.


Yeah I’ve been to India. There’s lots of bodies in there already. Cows, water Buffalo, dogs, people, babies, all of that. And many bathe in it and drink from it daily. I don’t mean to disparage India at all, it’s my favorite place I’ve ever been - just the facts.


this is how servants of Nurgle are born


Just goggled it, very interesting


I'm just curious why is your favorite place? I have a career opportunity to work in New Delhi for two years and I'm having a difficult time deciding. I've heard a lot of bad things about India such as it's dirty, full of poverty, crime etc... And yet there is such a rich cultural history, highly developed spiritual/religious practice, and amazing natural landscapes.


Where do you currently work/live? If it’s anywhere that’s a developed country and you’re not getting paid huge dollars to work in India don’t go.


Its actually been proven that there is large amount of phages that actually help keep the water pretty free of germs.


Source please!


That sounds like the [Three Stooges Syndrome from The Simpsons](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI0euMFAWF8).


Yeah it sucks how religion keeps people ignorant and spreads more harm than good




Because they put too much faith into religion


if it wasn't religion they'd just find something else to justify their idiocy - just look at all the dipshit atheists out there.


It doesn't sound weird; it sounds fucking *dumb.*


This is India. Covid is the least of the problems with the drinking water.


When people die in North America, and the body fluids are drained by the mortician, where do you think the liquids go? Straight down the pipe.


and in the vast majority of places, that goes into a treatment plant before being discharged into a body of water.


An unfortunate reality of poorer infrastructure in poorer nations. By and large in places like India, people boil their tap water prior to consuming it. When bodies are piling up, and its routine to see death in the streets even in normal times, we need to adjust our expectations of what we see overseas.


Sure, I'll give you that in poorer nations without access to proper water treatment facilities down the drain = into drinking supply untreated. However, the comment of yours that I replied to specifically called out north america and how the fluids of dead bodies are dumped straight down the pipe. North America is not a nation that is without treatment facilities in most places. In some places water treatment facilities are not entirely up to standards... however that's not the norm. As evidenced by the fact that waterborne illnesses and the like aren't as endemic as they are in countries without access to treated water.


North America, is 3 distinct and separate countries. It would be like saying the nation of Scandinavia. As for water treatment, any place with significant population density has quality water treatment. The exceptions make the news. See Flint MI and native reserves.


>North America, is 3 distinct and separate countries. No shit sherlock... Are you saying Canada or Mexico are developing countries with shit water? North America is predominantly nations with decent water quality. They 'generally' have treatment at the inlet and outlet of their water consumption. ​ >The exceptions make the news. See Flint MI and native reserves. Of course they do... that's also why I mentioned that there are some places not up to standards... thanks for restating one of my points. >As for water treatment, any place with significant population density has quality water treatment. There's a link in this thread showing a sewage outflow into the ganges from a population center of >1million people. So this is demonstrably false. Regardless of all these points your making... the statement that I'm giving you shit for is that you're equating morgues in north america with the ganges. In your own words, because they drain bodily fluids into the drain. The only way these are remotely close, is if the drain goes straight to a river. Regardless of if that river is used as a water source or not. My issue with that, is that the vast majority of morgues in north america will be in places with a treatment plant to treat waste water before it goes into the eco system.


I know it was late, but you need to realize that you're talking to multiple different users.


> North America is not a nation that is without treatment facilities in most places. Why are you referring to North America as a nation?


Because it was a slip that is relatively easy to understand the meaning of... hence I didn't change it... cause I frankly don't care. It's not the focus of what we're discussing.


Welcome to India


Covid isn’t waterborne.


Rotting bodies lead to many other unpleasant diseases.


Sure, but that's a problem all the time, not one that's made any worse because they died in a pandemic due to a highly infection disease. Not trying to claim this is a good way to dispose of bodies, because it's obviously not, just that the CDC has said you're unlikely to contract Covid from coming into contact with water that contains it.


This isn't about spreading covid through the water, this is about spreading other diseases such as dysentery on top of what's going on with COVID-19.


rotting corpses are.


God damn, a river for both *bathing* and holding *funerals...* Now has COVID riddled bodies floating through it. I knew this about the Ganges but it never occurred to me during COVID how fucked


I'm kinda supriced that India has no cholera, typhus or dysentery epidemics along the river all the time.


Everybody already immune I guess?


No crematorium space available but Modi that sack of scum is going ahead with a 1.6 BILLION dollar new unnecessary parliament building. Let that sink in.


Wtf why does a building cost so much money? Is it gonna be a sky scraper or something


Gotta clean all those billons somehow


>Gotta ~~clean all those billons~~ **raid the government coffers with "contractors"** somehow FTFY


No, corruption. A lot of corruption in India.


Tacky ufo shapes. https://www.ft.com/content/704ed7e5-c344-4512-abbe-10dc7a0aa161


Everyone: Maybe we should build some more crematoriums to deal with all these bodies stacking up. Modi: Uhhh, [flesh eating turtles](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8lu9ntmPJo)????


It's fine, the Ganges is a holy river, and therefore is self-cleaning! /s


Thyphoid will pummel Covid and Typhus will finish it off. \*fingers frantically crossed\*


And then everybody gets Cholera. Again.


A lot of people believe that but unironically, after all how can a holy river be anything other than clean?


I hope this doesn't start some sort of zombie apocalypse


It already has, covid seem to give people brain damage


I was going to say you can’t give people something they already have, but technically you could give people more or what they already have…


Then I think covid has been in India way long ago even before the world found out


I kinda hope it does




Rule #2: Double Tap


> Rule # 1: Cardio Ive been doing my part. Ive got 3 miles until I need a break!


You heard 'em. We all need to be able to run four miles, minimum, so they catch Alfredo first.


Where is my shotgun axe?!


It's in the hummer parked next to the old building over there


Sadly, this doesn’t surprise anyone. They throw literally everything into that river including raw sewage. The extremely poor bathe in it as well. Horrible situation.


Dead bodies [floating](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/06/16/what-the-notorious-flesh-eating-aghor-religion-of-india-is-really-like/) in Ganges is nothing new.


Who the fuck does that though? "This river is the water source of hundreds of millions of people. Lets put this corpse in it. Yeah, that sounds like a reasonable and defensible thing to do. Everyone likes drinking corpse water and this course of action is clearly the best of the alternatives that I, as a sane and well meaning person would consider. That's why I'm a medical professional, because I know and care about public health."


> Who ... does that though? People whose religion teaches that the Ganges river "is the most powerful way to liberate one’s soul from the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth" and who can't afford cremation.


>can’t afford cremation What. You get some gas and wood and you’re done


They can't even afford wood either as wood's price skyrocketed due to too many corpses to burn.


Getting wood atm with the amount of cremations happening might be an actual issue.


Bodies are actually quite difficult to burn


This is the same country where women can't be a witness to their own rape. They consider the river to be a passage into their version of the afterlife, unfortunately its pretty hard to educate a population of India's size of how unhealthy it is to continue the practice.




Yeah india just has more idiots than most others countries have people. This is just the known outcome when you impoverish your population and don't provide education resources


US population: 330 million India population: 1.366 billion. Idk bro.


By percentage, how bout that. Figured it was implied.


>just as many Really? Really?? Where in the US are people putting bodies into rivers en masse?


Yes really, by percentage. Do you really want me to list all the crazy shit religious people in the US do?


Pretty much, the stupidity is just expressed differently due to cultural differences. Indians throw bodies in their drinking water, Americans voted for Trump.


Mormons in Utah marry children, multiple, Chritians in Texas dance with snakes. Catholics won’t let people use birth control while raping children, Baptists... oh lord don’t get me started. I could be here all day


Sure we don't float bodies down rivers instead we fucking take a day to gather in a stadium to pray for rain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Prayer_for_Rain_in_the_State_of_Texas#%3A%7E%3Atext%3DThe_Days_of_Prayer_for%2Can_end_to_the_drought.?wprov=sfla1 . And then the drought continues for 4 more months becoming worse than it was...............


Lol one of these is not like the other.


Doing something stupid based on religious beliefs??? It's literally on the same level of stupid as floating bodies down a river cus they believe it helps people pass over.


There’s nothing actively harmful about praying for rain. Putting raw sewage and dead bodies in a river that is your main water source is very different, and either you know this or you’re just being willfully ignorant.


**[Days_of_Prayer_for_Rain_in_the_State_of_Texas](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Prayer_for_Rain_in_the_State_of_Texas#:~:text=The_Days_of_Prayer_for,an_end_to_the_drought.?wprov=sfla1)** >The Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas was a designated period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, during which Texas governor Rick Perry asked that Texans pray for "the healing of our land [Texas]" and for an end to the drought. The governor noted that in the past, Texans "have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer", and that he thus believed prayer to be an appropriate measure to address the drought. Perry designated the Days of Prayer in a gubernatorial proclamation issued on April 21. ^([ )[^(F.A.Q)](https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiSummarizer/wiki/index#wiki_f.a.q)^( | )[^(Opt Out)](https://reddit.com/message/compose?to=WikiSummarizerBot&message=OptOut&subject=OptOut)^( | )[^(Opt Out Of Subreddit)](https://np.reddit.com/r/worldnews/about/banned)^( | )[^(GitHub)](https://github.com/Sujal-7/WikiSummarizerBot)^( ] Downvote to remove | Credit: kittens_from_space)


I feel sorry for Bangladesh, they are downstream from India.


Bangladesh is always on uphill battle, isn't it?


> "This river is the water source of hundreds of millions of people. you should see what else they do in it.


>as a sane and well meaning person would consider That's a lot to assume. Let me give you a little context of what happens in Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world in terms of continuous recorded inhabitants. The riverbanks are called [Ghats](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghats_in_Varanasi) Unteated sewage and remains of dead bodies burnt ending up in the river is a very common sight, even to the present day. When there is a queue of bodies to be burnt, and when the relatives of the dead cannot afford the amount of wood required to burn, semi and unburnt bodies thrown at the river is not so uncommon.


**[Ghats_in_Varanasi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghats_in_Varanasi)** >Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while two ghats, Manikarnika and Harishchandra, are used exclusively as cremation sites. Most Varanasi ghats were rebuilt in the 18th century, when the city came under Maratha rule. ^([ )[^(F.A.Q)](https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiSummarizer/wiki/index#wiki_f.a.q)^( | )[^(Opt Out)](https://reddit.com/message/compose?to=WikiSummarizerBot&message=OptOut&subject=OptOut)^( | )[^(Opt Out Of Subreddit)](https://np.reddit.com/r/worldnews/about/banned)^( | )[^(GitHub)](https://github.com/Sujal-7/WikiSummarizerBot)^( ] Downvote to remove | Credit: kittens_from_space)


What concerns me, is the disease created by the filth of the decomposing bodies, and tossing ashes in the river. This is going far beyond what covid is doing to this nation. There are multiplying chronic and fatal diseases that will and already are popping up because if the lack of proper infrastructure to deal with death on such a large scale. What also concerns me, is the fact that so many are disregarding even what little thier doctors and government have told them to do to try and slow the spread! On the flip side, I saw a post regarding the lack of resources... and was humbled by the fact that social distancing is a luxury. Clean water and the ability to clean hands, bodies, and clothes is also a luxury. We have to remember that the majority of us posting here also have running water and toilets in our homes. My conclusion... the world better prepare for more pandemics, and the breakdown of the world economy. As long as people continue to be apathetic, ignorant or downright spiteful about covid, there are going to be ripples in this pond for a long time. May our creator have mercy on us all. Prayers for everyone impacted by Covid-19.


It’s hard not to see things through the lens of the first world, like most Reddit users. I always read ignorant comments which assume that western life is the *standard* for living and other places need to catch up to “us”. Sure, in some ways it can be true, but other cultural traits that are deeply rooted aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. For example, “lab grown meat will take over the world soon” as if everyone has a Whole Foods next door, or “fossil fuels will be banned in a year”, as if they’ve never been anywhere but the US. People have religious beliefs that compel them to dump bodies in this particular river. A little education could go a long way, but it’s not like you can change everyone’s religion overnight. Is infection control common knowledge? If not, why not aim to teach people these basic things before blaming the government or labeling people as savages.


That thought came to me too, as I’ve come across the many articles circulating now.. that these are a people that don’t have the common custom of burying their dead. From what I understand, for most, it’s the first choice. Conditioned for centuries, millennia .. that the Ganges was the river to god. I dunno, man.. knowing how strong I am in my cultural beliefs.. it would be a hard thing to shake. I would hope tho, if faced with this situation, that it would be recognized that they are going to be sending more to their creator if they don’t make some immediate, even if temporary, changes.


Yeah, that’s why I think education is important. There’s a compromise to be made that won’t infringe on someone’s cultural and religious beliefs while also making things safer from infection. Maybe bury/cremate the dead and sprinkle water from the river on them? I don’t know.


You'd be surprised to know the shit that comes out of the mouth of educated people. I share the same culture and religion as these people. I understand desperation but this dumping corpse in river is idiotic and disrespectful.


Budget Viking funeral


Dollar Store Viking Funeral.


Fucking India dude...


You'd think that medical staff would grasp that contaminating major waterways with corpses is a bad plan.


Just to put things in perspective...the Ganges is indeed polluted but the throwing of bodies in the river is not normal or something that indians do to their dead...there are instances of skeletal remains being thrown in it but not actual biologically decaying bodies... The pandemic has put significant pressure on already strained health and funeral resources which has led to a massive increase in prices to cremate bodies, buy wood for them, even the electric crematoriums can't keep up and have started literally melting because of over usage. This particular morbid eventuality has been caused due to people not being able to afford to burn their dead, or hospitals trying to cut costs...Hindus don't usually bury their dead and there have been cases of shallow graves where bodies are just covered on sand on certain embankments of the river... Indians consider the river holy enough to know not to throw actual cadavers in it except at this point we are desperately lacking resources... Please don't blame the masses, blame the administration, government apathy and the absolutely shameless supreme leader who's planning a palace for himself right now...


What do they think happens to the bodies? They just go away?


But nobody is allowed to criticize how the Indian Government is handling the situation lol


Why don’t they use modern crematoria?


Because all the crematoria are at 100% capacity to the point that they're melting. ​ https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/covid19-frames-of-crematorium-furnaces-melt-due-to-rush-of-bodies-in-gujarat-101618306897681.html


There was a news article where their crematoriums are backed up and because they’ve been in constant use have actually had to shut down because the over use melted some parts. https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-indias-crematoriums-have-started-to-melt-so-many-bodies-2021-4


the same reason they still shit in the woods instead of a toilet....principles


Maybe the should rename the Ganges to The Ankh, and Delhi or Morpork…


It's India man.....human have less less brain and dignity than "sacred cow",it's piss and dung....(shame to be an Indian myself)


Don’t be ashamed. Most Indians I know are really awesome people. Every country in the world has some ignorant people.


Ignorant ppl in India is something special my friend








Dispatch : unit 18 difficulty breathing 3255 Ganges street Unit 18: dispatch that’s a negative we’re still out of service we haven’t been able to unload the last transport. Dispatch : unit 18 you’ve been out of service too long. Figure it out. Unit 18 : ok!


This maybe the reason why black fungus cases spike


I learned back in the 80’s that the Ganges was used ritually to send loved ones corpses on their way. I found it disturbing back then because a couple days later the whole city, it seemed, was on the banks bathing, drinking, washing their clothes and dishes. I thought to myself how the hell can there be so many people here and not dead?


Horrifying and plain old disrespectful.


"There, no longer my problem"


What a dirty country


What is this? 1321?


India is on a roll lately...


Well considering that is how a lot of this spread originally (3 billion people bathing in the river a few weeks back for Maha Kumbh gathering) then it's kind of fitting this is what would happen.


3 billion ?!


Sorry meant millions.


Blessing the River Ganges. I'm fine with that as long as the bodies don't carry over to my local river.


You know in the game of pandemic when you are getting DNA points? Well this shit right here is the lottery.


Just like all the other horrible scenes, you have people standing around filming when they could be helping.


How can they help? Filming and spreading this news is the best they can do, make sure that people know what is going on.


> How can they help? They can't. That's the joke.


Those [flesh eating turtles](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-government-once-released-25000-flesh-eating-turtles-ganges-river-180953384/) in the Ganges are about to come in handy.


And that’s how we get zombies.


Must wash the drinking water with alcohol before drinking from now on.


This ginga river is the ground zero for new cowvid virus21


holy covid gange !


Good thing that can't possibly go south in the long term.


I mean, the virus is not the only worry here. Literally decomposing corpses in a water supply will cause by the source of a different type of outbreak. Also, like, wtf, no funeral rites? Fucking disgusting.


Oh man is our parasitic invasion coming to and end quick


They bath in the lake, they drink from the lake, they poop in the lake, and they die in the lake 😶




The smart people know to get out of here, man


Honestly that is fucked up. What kind of county dumps their dead in their water sources .


One with belief that dictates so


Is this really an issue? They bathe and eat cow dung and cow urine. Dead bodies in ganges is the least of their issues.


Please don’t generalise1.3 billion people


My heart is with India; with you and yours. Good luck