Mass Graves for COVID-19 Victims Shown in Satellite Images
Tue, April 20, 2021

Mass Graves for COVID-19 Victims Shown in Satellite Images

 

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified coronavirus disease or COVID-19 as a global pandemic as it widely affects hundreds of thousands of people across the world. In Iran, recent reports show that it has more than 11,000 known coronavirus cases with 514 deaths. But, the death toll is likely underreported. Many Iranians are grappling with the loss of their loved ones who have died from the disease. 

 

Credits: Live Science

 

"My uncle in Iran passed away from coronavirus. He was gentle and kind. He'd been battling cancer for several years. His family had to stand one hundred meters away and watch him be buried by men in hazmat gear. My aunt is now sick. Please take this virus seriously,” Ramtin Arablouei, host for National Public Radio's history podcast Throughline, wrote on Twitter.

Even public personalities are not exempted. Reports show that the virus has caused several high-profile deaths in Iran's leadership. "Among the dead are members of parliament, a former diplomat and even a senior adviser to the Supreme Leader. At least two dozen other officials, including a vice-president, have been affected,” the Washington Post reported. 

 

Credits: Live Science

 

One of the country’s responses to the increasing death toll is to build a large number of graves in the Qom area of the country. The satellite images of these mass graves were recently shown by DigitalGlobe. An imagery analyst at Maxar Technologies in Colorado also revealed one image that appears to have a large pile of lime, a substance often used to manage odor and decay in bodies.

 

Credits: Live Science

 

The images didn’t come as a surprise. According to Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history, local authorities have announced that they will prepare more graves in response to coronavirus. 

"What these sobering images reflect, as far as I can tell, is the very sad situation where local authorities have had to take the unusual step of digging a trench of graves at the Behesht-e Masoumeh cemetery in order to give the many who are dying a timely burial," Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, founder and publisher of Bourse & Bazaar, a media company that supports business diplomacy between Europe and Iran, said. 

 

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