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Relatives storm Anambra burnt morgue, lament inability to identify charred bodies


Relatives of the bodies burnt in a mortuary gutted by fire in Enugwu Ukwu in Njikoka local government area of Anambra State have besieged the facility to identify charred remains of their loved ones. The mortuary had gone up in flames on December 29, 2018, burning beyond recognition bodies preserved there by relatives.

Over 50 bodies stored in the morgue had been burnt beyond recognition by a mystery fire, whose cause was yet to be ascertained. A visit to the scene showed that three days after the incident, relatives of deceased persons kept in the morgue were still trooping to the scene to identify the charred bodies.

It was however a pathetic sight as some of the relatives of the deceased cried profusely over their inability to identify the bodies of their loved ones among the charred remains assembled in a corner. It was gathered that security presence at the scene was increased, just as security officials had a field day trying to stop some relatives of the burnt corpses from harming themselves.

A source said the hospital management had been in various meetings and consultations on what steps to take about the unidentified bodies. The source said the hospital might be left with no option than to ask relatives to pick and bury any body they can find for burial.

Mr. Sunday Onuorah, whose brother was deposited two weeks ago, lamented that the incident was double jeopardy for the family. “We were still crying over the sudden death of my brother before this sad incident. We are trying to keep this from getting to our mother for fear of losing her too as she is currently hypertensive,’’ he said.

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