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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Recovery of Bodies Could Take Up To Four Months; 40,000 Feared Dead

Recovery of Bodies Could Take Up To Four Months; 40,000 Feared Dead
By D.L. McCracken
Sep 6, 2005, 16:25

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning volunteer members of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team to expect to recover up to 40,000 bodies as teams of morticians, medical examiners, coroners, pathologists ready themselves for departure to New Orleans.

The 40,000 estimate does not include bodies that had been interred in the city's above-ground mausoleums but had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding.

The National Association of Funeral Directors and Embalmers will be establishing a temporary morgue where forensics experts of not only morticians and coroners but also anthropologists, dental assistants, odontologists, photographers, and specialists can begin the grim task of identifying human remains through DNA, x-ray and fingerprinting.

Experts anticipate the body recovery process could take up to four months because of the magnitude of the search and the total destruction of such a large area.

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