Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lessons from Yolanda: 4 ways to improve the retrieval and identification of bodies in disasters

Forensic expert from the University of the Philippines Manila, Dr. Racquel Fortun, recommended ways to improve retrieval and identification of the dead during disasters in her presentation at the 32nd Anniversary celebration of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on March 14, 2014.

Identifying the bodies has both emotional and legal implications to the living relatives. As Dr. Fortun explained, identification provides closure for the families of the departed. Legal declaration of death helps settle issues on inheritance, remarriage, and criminal cases. However, retrieval and identification of bodies can be a huge challenge in disasters where many died.

Dr. Fortun shared the following ways to improve mass retrieval and identification of bodies during disasters based on her experience working in Tacloban City after Yolanda hit Leyte: Continue reading