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Photos of bodies put up

13 bodies remain unidentified - Photo:B.Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Photographs of unidentified persons, who died in the building collapse, have been displayed at the Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH). As on Thursday evening, a total of 13 bodies are yet to be identified.

GRH has received 54 bodies in total as of Thursday evening. Of the 41 victims who were indentified, seven were from Odisha, 23 from Andhra Pradesh and 11 from Tamil Nadu. Their bodies were handed over to relatives and taken to their native places after post-mortems were conducted.

As the GRH mortuary can accommodate only 44 bodies, officials said they had moved 28 unclaimed bodies to the mortuary at Madras Medical College to create more space for those who died in the building collapse.

A police officer at GRH said relatives were identifying the deceased, whose faces were disfigured, based on clothes and sacred threads on wrists and tattoos.

Doctors and staff from government medical college hospitals have been roped in to conduct post mortems, in addition to those at GRH. Post-mortems are being done at night as a special case, a hospital official said.


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