Test-shy Anchuthengu’s a problem: Where to bury or cremate the dead?

Land not suitable to dig 10ft-deep pits as per Covid protocol due to water table, Thycaud crematorium not willing to take deceased

Published: 05th August 2020 05:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2020 05:13 AM   |  A+A-


Image for representational purpose only. ( File | EPS)

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Anchuthengu, where local residents have shown reluctance to undergo testing and where a large number of people who undergo tests are found to be infected, has another problem on hand -- a place to cremate the deceased Covid patients.On Tuesday itself, 31 of the 50 persons who underwent antigen testing were found positive for SARS-CoV-2. At the same time, three deaths due to Covid have been reported from Anchuthengu.

They are Amalolbhava Clement, 65, Paul Joseph, 70, and Judy Ignatius, 69. Judy died late on Tuesday.
The cremation of Amalolbhava and Paul Joseph was held at Shantikavadom at Thycaud. However, Anchuthengu panchayat is now facing the problem of cremating Judy whose body is in the Government  Medical College Hospital mortuary.

“We were allowed to cremate the bodies of the first two people but the authorities have said that we cannot take anymore of the Covid victims to the crematorium at Thycaud. In Anchuthengu, we cannot dig 10-foot-deep pits. We did try and there was water at 5 ft. Before we accept Judy’s body, we need a place to cremate her. We are in talks with Attingal municipality to cremate at their crematorium. No decision has been taken yet,” said Yesudasan Stephen, vice-president of Anchuthengu panchayat.  Of the 1,225 persons who were tested in Anchuthengu so far, 293 tested positive. Of them, 190 people have recovered from the disease. Despite the large test positivity rate, very few people are willing to undergo tests.

“Many believe the stories about hospitals and are very reluctant to seek help. They choose to remain in their houses. Convincing them to undergo tests is key and we are trying to create awareness among them,” said Stephen.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp