Govt to manage dead bodies during disasters, directive shortly

Govt to manage dead bodies during disasters, directive shortly

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Dhaka-The government has decided to mange dead bodies after any disaster to ensure discipline and a directive finalized in this regard on Sunday is expected to be iaause soon.Peoples are dying from various disasters like flood, cyclone, tidal surge, nor’wester, tornado, lightening, arson and sinking water vessels regularly.
The disaster management and relief ministry has published a ‘post disaster management guideline 2016’ under the guidance of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ministry published the guideline at a seminar held at the city’s BIAM auditorium yesterday.
Among others, minister for disaster management and relief Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, disaster management and relief ministry secretary Md Shah Kamal, disaster management directorate director general Riaz Ahmed, ICRC head of delegation Ikhtiyar Aslanov and disaster management and relief ministry joint secretary Quamrul Hasan also spoke on the occasion.
As per new guidelines—the dead bodies should be preserved property including creating data-base and documentation without defacing the bodies.
The disaster responsive coordination groups from City Corporations to Union Parishad levels will manage the dead bodies through locally-based disaster management information centre (DMIC) to national level DMIC, the guidelines said.
According to guidelines, updated bulletins should be broadcasted after specific interval in district and national levels on dead bodies.
As per new guidelines, the professional management of the dead is essential to safeguarding the dignity of deceased victims, contributing to restoring their identities, returning them to their families, ensuring respectful disposition of their remains, and helping to reduce the suffering of communities traumatized by disaster events.
“It is unexpected and painful of any dead from disasters. It becomes more painful to relatives if the bodies are not managed with due respect. So, it is important to determine the inheritents of the dead and proper identification of the body,” Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said.
The government has felt it neseccary to prepare an international standard guideline for managing the dead bodies and their identification, the minister said, adding, “We have prepared a guideline accordingly keeping in line with UN, ICRC and other countries.”
The proper management of the dead may also contribute to reducing the number of missing persons.
“All victims deceased from disasters, both natural and man-made, require professional and dignified management, regardless of whether they are known or unknown victims and whether or not they are being sought by their families,” Ikhtiyar Aslanov said.
He said the dignified management of the dead requires a comprehensive system with a robust legal framework, clearly outlined and agreed procedures for all concerned actors, and technical capacity in all relevant fields of expertise.
The ICRC works with governmental authorities and other local structures in many places around the world to support development of relevant programs and build sustainable local capacities to help ensure that the dead from disasters can be professionally managed in a dignified manner, he added. – Staff Reporter

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