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03.01.2005 – 11:41

Australian Embassy - Thailand

Disaster Victim Identification Process Update

Phuket, Thailand (ots/PRNewswire)

The Thai government is in the
process of establishing an international standard post mortem and
ante-mortem identification centre in Phuket as the processing of
victims of the tsunami that hit Thailand gets underway.
There are now disaster victim identification (DVI) teams from 19
countries in Thailand working under the command of General Nopadol of
the Royal Thai Police, the commander in charge of the overall
operation.
Mortuary equipment has now arrived from Australia and Europe and
is in place at the three mortuaries set up to process the victims.
The process for victim identification is broken down into four
broad phases -- the post mortem process, ante-mortem process,
identification reconciliation process then notification and release.
Mortuaries had now been established at Phang Nga Province and Krabi.
Because of the enormity of the tragedy, the process will take a
very long time perhaps months, and the local authorities have asked
the families involved to understand this in their time of extreme
grief.

Contact:

Sally Mansfield of the Australian Embassy - Thailand, +66-6-120 2535