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'Entire families' wiped out, anger grows as Covid-19 engulfs rural India

In Basi, about 1.5 hours from the capital New Delhi, about three-quarters of the village's 5,400 people are sick and more than 30 have died in the past three weeks.

In interviews  officials outlined the scale of the carnage from entire families wiped out to bloated bodies floating down the Ganges River to farmland left untended due to a lack of workers.
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In interviews officials outlined the scale of the carnage from entire families wiped out to bloated bodies floating down the Ganges River. Photo: Bloomberg

Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Bibhudatta Pradhan, Shruti Srivastava and Ruth Pollard | Bloomberg
After devastating India’s biggest cities, the latest Covid-19 wave is now ravaging rural areas across the world’s second-most populous country. And most villages have no way to fight the virus.

In Basi, about 1.5 hours from the capital New Delhi, about three-quarters of the village’s 5,400 people are sick and more than 30 have died in the past three weeks. It has no health-care facilities, no doctors and no oxygen canisters. And unlike India’s social-media literate urban population, residents can’t appeal on Twitter to an army of strangers willing to help.

“Most deaths in the village have been caused because

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First Published: May 18 2021 | 6:51 AM IST

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