Mass funeral: 82 unidentified bodies buried in Edhi graveyard

Edhi officials say they can’t keep the bodies for long because they start decomposing


Our Correspondent June 27, 2015
Edhi officials say they can’t keep the bodies for long because they start decomposing. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: Around 82 unidentified bodies, most of whom were victims of the heatstroke, were buried in the Edhi graveyard in the past two days, officials told The Express Tribune.

On Saturday, 25 bodies were buried while a day earlier, 57 bodies were buried, said the Edhi foundation's spokesperson, Anwar Kazmi.

Mass funerals and burials for the deceased were held at the Edhi graveyard at Mawach Goth, which was established in 1985 to bury unidentified persons. The official said that due to the hot weather, unidentified bodies were being buried at the earliest. "The heat is damaging the bodies and we are burying them before they start to decompose. It is also difficult to store them once their condition deteriorates."

In the graveyard, the bodies are distinguished from one another by a number allotted to the grave. Kazmi said that most people who are buried in this graveyard are poor.

He added that the relief in the weather had also improved conditions at the Edhi morgue, which was overcrowded earlier. By Saturday, 60 bodies were kept at the Edhi morgue, which has a capacity of 200 bodies.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2015.

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