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25-11-06, 07:09 PM #1
Unclaimed Tsunami Bodies to be Buried
Thailand to bury 513 unclaimed bodies from tsunami
Fri Nov 24, 8:07 AM ET
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand will next week begin burying 513 bodies of tsunami victims that have gone unclaimed or unidentified nearly two years after the catastrophe.
Burial ceremonies will begin on December 1 and last six days at the Bang Maruan cemetery in the hardest-hit province of Phang Nga, just north of the resort island of Phuket, police Colonel Khemmarin Hassiri said.
The bodies include those of 103 victims who have been identified, but whose families have yet to collect the remains, Khemmarin told AFP.
They include 72 Myanmar nationals, 28 Thais, one Filipino, one Turk and one Nepalese, he said.
The other 410 bodies have still not been identified, he added.
"We have collected DNA samples from all the bodies, so if any new evidence arises, we can exhume the bodies to complete the identification process," said Khemmarin, who heads the Thai
Tsunami Victim Identification (TTVI) unit.
The bodies have been kept in a morgue that was meant to be temporary.
Khemmarin said Thai officials decided to bury the bodies because of concerns that the containers were not designed for such prolonged use and could begin to deteriorate.
Some 5,400 people were killed in Thailand on December 26, 2004, when the tsunami tore across the Indian Ocean and killed 220,000 people in a dozen countries.
Roughly half of the victims in Thailand were foreign holidaymakers.
Thailand and the United States are set to deploy the first tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean next week.
Thailand believes the system is essential to reassuring tourists about their safety, although tourism in the tsunami-hit region is already on the rebound.Help support the forums by making a donation today. Thank you.
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