The Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad, which dates from 1851, has a problem.
Four out of six cold storage units – used for storing the dead prior to burial – at the hospital’s morgue have been out of action for the past four months.
Each unit has six compartments. In normal times the morgue can therefore store 36 corpses – but right now it has sufficient room for 12.
The situation – which the authorities expect for last for another six months, when the defunct units may be replaced – is going to get worse before it gets better, simply because the morgue receives on average 20 corpses daily.
The ‘surplus’ bodies are being left to decompose in the morgue.
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