Relatives wearing personal protective equipment attend the funeral of a man who died from COVID-19 held at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on April 21, 2021.PHOTOGRAPH BY ADRIAN ABIDI, REUTERS

NEW DELHIDuring the past few weeks, Indian social media has been inundated with SOS messages: hospitals tweeting about dwindling oxygen supplies and physicians watching helplessly as patients perish from preventable deaths. A journalist pleading for but denied a hospital bed took to Twitter to log his deteriorating condition till he died. Overwhelmed crematoria are workinground-the-clock to keep up with the pace of bodies; furnaces have melted down from overuse and additional funeral platforms are being built outside. Such are the heartbreaking messages and haunting images that highlight the formidable second wave of the coronavirus pandemic raging through the country.


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