Inside India's COVID-19 crisis: Makeshift clinics and constant funeral pyres

In the past day, India reported over 4,100 new COVID-19 deaths.

5/14/2021 3:56:00 PM

At a crematorium in New Delhi, the funeral pyres have been burning nonstop for the past few weeks, locals said. Dozens of dead bodies have washed up on the banks of the Ganges River in eastern India in recent days.

In the past day, India reported over 4,100 new COVID-19 deaths.

, they felt a sense of duty.The couple from Punjab aren't medical professionals -- he works in cybersecurity and she is an engineer for IBM -- but they traveled to New Delhi to help run a makeshift hospital out of a wedding venue."Day and night, we are open 24/7," Singh told"Nightline.""We don't charge anything."

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"We are just so satisfied that we are helping people," Kaur said."We are ready to help anyone at any time."The volunteers have been offering food, water and -- crucially -- scarce oxygen to those who need it as India experiences a devastating COVID-19 surge.

Other makeshift overflow clinics have been popping up in the streets of India, as the country is in the midst of athat is crushing its medical system and overflowing its intensive care units.Rebecca Conway/Getty ImagesVolunteers treat patients suffering from COVID-19 with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic in a parking lot outside the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, May 3, 2021, in New Delhi.

In the past day, India reported over 360,000 new COVID-19 cases and over 4,100 new deaths, according toJohns Hopkins University. Experts believe those numbers are likely underreported, as COVID-19 testing is scarce. Read more: ABC News »

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