Electric crematorium closed due to floods

Electric CrementionKathmandu / June 29: The electric crematorium at Pashupati has malfunctioned after the precinct was waterlogged by the flooded Bagmati river.

The crematorium located just on the banks of the Bagmati suffered a technical failure after water gushed into the machine following floods triggered by heavy downpour on Monday, according to member-secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust Dr Govinda Tandon. “Maintenance work has begun and the machine will come into operation within a few days”, Tandon said.

The electric crematorium came into operation from January 24, 2016. So far, 1,800 bodies have been cremated at the centre. Unlike burning with firewood that takes between three to four hours, a body can be turned into ashes in less than an hour at the crematorium. RSS

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