Erup­tion’s sad af­ter­math

Sunday Tasmanian - - News | World -

FOREN­SIC ex­perts yes­ter­day worked on the grim task of iden­ti­fy­ing dozens of bod­ies charred be­yond recog­ni­tion by the erup­tion of Guatemala’s Vol­cano of Fire, a dis­as­ter that has left at least 110 dead and nearly 200 still miss­ing.

Even as search and re­cov­ery ef­forts were sus­pended for a sec­ond day amid dan­ger­ous vol­canic flows, about 15 foren­sic ex­perts worked at a makeshift morgue in a ware­house in the south­ern city of Es­cuintla. The corpses ar­rive wrapped in sheets and plas­tic, black­ened and of­ten miss­ing ex­trem­i­ties, fill­ing the cav­ernous, met­al­roofed ware­house with the un­mis­take­able stench of death.

Ex­perts check for any­thing to iden­tify bod­ies, such as cloth­ing, and take ge­netic ma­te­rial from bones to com­pare with blood drawn from peo­ple with miss­ing rel­a­tives.

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