Tsunami 2004: Over 135 bodies and body parts at Karapitiya

Tsunami 2004: Over 135 bodies and body parts at Karapitiya

Written by Staff Writer

26 Dec, 2013 | 11:22 pm

The Judicial Medical Department of the Karapitiya Medical Faculty says that the identities of close to twenty bodies discovered in the South, several months after the tsunami, have been ascertained.

Department Head U.C.P. Perera said that 135 bodies and body parts that were discovered are currently at the Karapitiya Medical Faculty.

The bodies were conserved by the Unit established at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in 2005 to identify persons killed in the tragic disaster.

Even today, clothing, equipment,  letters and other materials found with these bodies can be witnessed at the Karapitiya Hospital.

Department Head of Judicial Medical Department Karapitiya Medical Faculty U.C.P. Perera said, “One hundred and thirty five bodies and body parts are currently at the Judicial Medical Department of the Karapitiya Medical Faculty. What is notable here is that even nine years after the catastrophe, the identities of some of the people who were killed have not been ascertained.

This is because  Sri Lanka did not have a national level programme in the event of a natural disaster on this scale.”

 

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