Space runs out, new bodies found whenever dug graves
Published: 12:46 PM, 27 June 2021
Bodies dead with COVID symptoms have been burying daily at Kamalnagar cemetery in Satkhira
Multiple bodies, died after being infected with Covid-19, are being buried daily at Kamalnagar cemetery in Satkhira. The locals said this situation has been created due to the pandemic outbreak. Even the bodies are being buried at midnight. Besides, bodies dead with COVID symptoms have been burying in the cemetery every day.
According to the Satkhira Civil Surgeon’s Office, 19 people died of Covid-19 and 101 died of symptoms while undergoing treatment in the district in the last 26 days of June. Besides, there are reports of “more deaths than the usual day” outside the official accounts. In such a situation, the pressure has increased on the government cemetery. Fresh corpses are coming out as soon as the soil is dug in the graveyard.
Amiruzzaman Babu, a resident of Kamalnagar and joint convener of the Kamlanagar Cemetery Management Committee, said the cemetery, located on 70 percent land, has been donated by Munshi Abdur Rab Sardar. Since then thousands of people have been buried here.
Later, Satkhira Municipality took charge of the care of the cemetery, however, could not expand the cemetery. For this, burying new bodies is being done on old graves so far due to the increase in deaths by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Recently, fresh bodies are coming out as soon as a new grave is dug at the place of burial. There is no alternative but to expand the cemetery,” added Amiruzzaman Babu.
Kamalnagar cemetery gravediggers Md. Rezaul Islam and Md. Wazed Ali said they have been digging graves here for 15-20 years. Earlier, if any grave was dug, old bones would come out. But recently they have noticed that fresh bodies are coming out as soon as they dig the grave.
They believed that such a situation has arisen due to the high number of deaths in the Covid-19 situation. Before this, two or three bodies were buried in a week, 10-12 in a month, now 70-80 bodies have been buried in a month.
They said “it was becoming difficult to dig graves due to the stench of the body”.
“There is not enough space in the graveyard due to the pressure of the body,” said Dr. Abul Kalam Babla, convener of Satkhira Kamalnagar Cemetery Management Committee. “From 9 June 2021 to 26 June 2021, 26 bodies have been buried in 18 days!”
He added that an agreement has already been reached with the owners for the purchase of two bighas of land in the area adjacent to the cemetery at a cost of Tk 3 crore. The decision to buy land for the expansion of the cemetery was taken after discussions with the imams, khatibs, rich philanthropists and local representatives of all the mosques in the Satkhira municipal area.