Scientists worried about throwing corona infected dead body in Ganga river, research started
Wildlife Institute of India has started research on changes in the health and biodiversity of Ganga during the Covid curfew
Wildlife Institute of India has started research on changes in the health and biodiversity of Ganga during the Covid curfew. In research, the effects of Covid infected dead bodies on the Ganges are being studied. Along with this, people are also being made aware about not dumping Covid infected dead bodies in the Ganges, to refrain the Ganges water from getting contaminated. For some time, there were reports of corona infected dead bodies being thrown into some rivers including the Ganges. After this, all the departments and governments related to Ganga have become alert about its cleanliness. A research and awareness campaign has been started from Haridwar to Ganga Sagar under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) being run with Wildlife Institute of India to make Ganga clean and uninterrupted.
The research will also help to identify how much effect the infected dead bodies had on the purity of the Ganges water. There was no visible effect on the aquatic fauna or flora of the Ganges has been seen due to the dead bodies till now. What was its effect on the health of lakhs of people who directly drink the water from the Ganges is yet to be identified. According to Dr. Ruchi Badola, Coordinator of NMCG and Senior Scientist of Wildlife Institute of India, the help of about two thousand local village guards and about 150 experts is being taken. These teams are working in the Ganges grocery areas in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
People most at risk of getting sick
According to Dr. Ruchi Badola, lakhs of people living on the Ganges bank from five states through which the Ganges passes, directly drink its water. Apart from this, it is also used in bathing and washing clothes, but if people throw Covid infected dead bodies in the Ganges, then it will pollute the water. This will have a direct impact on the health of these people. It can cause many serious diseases. The fauna and flora living in and around the Ganges will also be affected. Although this is a subject of research, efforts are being made to get people aware of it.