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62 dead bodies of IDPs unclaimed at hospital mortuary in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:31 No Comment]

Sixty two bodies of Tamil refugees died in internment camps in Vavuniyaa and Cheddiku’lam have been kept in the mortuary of Vavuniyaa general hospital awaiting orders of the Magistrate’s Court to conduct common burial, legal sources said. Meanwhile, medical sources said that fifty one of the victims were elderly IDPs and the remaining infants, died during delivery.

The victims died between May 25 and June 9. Most of them died in Cheddiku’lam Manik Farm camp and others in various camps.

Deaths were to due to malnutrition, diseases and lack of proper medical care.

Bodies were neither identified nor claimed by any relative.

Hence the medical authorities are waiting for the court order to bury them at state expense, the sources said.

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