Overcrowded cemeteries are becoming a huge issue right across the world, including Australia, but one city resorted to desperate measures to deal with the issue.
Over 150 bodies were found decomposing in a refrigerated container in a Mexican city after residents complained of a foul stench wafting through their homes. According to Reuters and 7 News, Guadalajara was swarmed with flies after they were attracted to the horrible smell from the container.
The region reportedly has strict rules preventing the cremation of bodies linked to violent crime, leaving some of the deceased piled into the container and allegedly moved from city to city as residents continued to complain about the growing stench.
Unfortunately in Mexico the increase in organised crime led to a record 31,000 homicides in 2017 and over 16,000 homicides across the country just this year, the news outlet reports.
The overwhelming amount of deaths has caused mortuaries to reach their limit with a second facility reportedly now being built to deal with the problem.
It seems the issue of overcrowding is not uncommon across the world with Australia reporting limited cemetery space across the country over recent years.
While this is not due to crime like in Mexico, the problem has caused a stir throughout the country, with the New South Wales government even proposing a 25-year rent plan for grave plots last year.
The Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment Regulation 2017, outlined that families would have the option to use burial sites for a renewable tenancy of 25 years to a maximum of 99 years, with existing graves not affected, news.com.au reported at the time.
If the family didn’t renew the contract at the end of the lease, the deceased would be evicted from the plot. The burial plot would then be reused, with the previous remains moved to a ‘bone room’.
Meanwhile in Queensland, the Gold Coast City Council came up with a newfangled idea earlier this year to deal with the problem by proposing an underwater cemetery.
Based on the Neptune Memorial Reef in Florida, the cemetery was hoped to increase tourism and create a fun way for people to remember their loved ones.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told Channel 7 at the time the ocean-bed cemetery would help to combat the overcrowding of regular cemeteries in an environmentally friendly way by mixing ashes with materials, the ABC reports.
“Major cities in Australia and the world are running out of spaces to bury people,” Tate said. “In time to come, if people want to dive, say hello, they can do so and have a bit of fun with it.”