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An space within the graveyard has been cordoned off for the COVID-afflicted lifeless.



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Shuaib Khatib hasn’t seen his spouse and 4 children in three weeks. As one of many three males put answerable for the burials of the Muslims who died of COVID-19 in Mumbai, he’s now holed up in a resort with 10 of his workers members from Bada Qabrastan in Marine Lines. An space within the graveyard has been cordoned off for the COVID-afflicted lifeless. He expects it to be sealed off for at the very least a decade.

“Unlike other graves which are dug four feet deep, these are 10 ft deep,” says Khatib. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation tips, there’s a separate entrance space for the ambulance, everybody current on the web site wears PPE, the our bodies are buried with the assistance of a rope in order to keep away from contact and thereafter the realm is sanitised. Khatib has put aside 15 folks for the job who work in shifts.

Currently, Bada Qabrastan is dealing with round 50 per cent of the COVID-19 casualties in Mumbai and Khatib has bought eight extra graveyards to create space for the our bodies. He even as soon as claimed a physique from the hospital when nobody from the household would. At Bada Qabrastan, the COVID-19 burials are completed freed from price. “It hurts when people are fearful and object to take them in,” he says. “If we close our doors, then the government has no choice but to use an electric crematorium,” he says.

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