Print This Page Email This Page
DNA Database to Be Built to Identify Dead in Quake

The Chinese government said it is to build a DNA database of those unidentified dead bodies after the disastrous Sichuan earthquake for later identification.

The government is going to cremate identified dead bodies and allow burial in those areas where cremation service is unavailable.

For those yet to be identified, the government said, police and medical workers will keep a numbered record, take pictures and collect body tissues for DNA tests. The police will manage the DNA database for future identification.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Health, issued a guidance to speed up dead body identification and treatment before possible rotten corpses contaminating areas where survivors are gathering.

The powerful tremor, eight degrees on the Richter scale, jolted eastern Sichuan Province on May 12, claiming at least 34,073 lives.

For the dead who are believed to be foreign citizens, the state-run China Funeral Association will take over, disinfect the bodies and keep them. Their relatives can contact the association,

(Xinhua News Agency May 20, 2008)

Related Stories
- Red Cross Society Sends 1st Psychologists to Quake-hit Zone
- Senior Leader Conveys Condolences to Quake Victims in Chongqing
- Japan's Medical Team to Head for Quake-hit Areas
- Man Alive Nearly 179 Hours After Quake
- Residents in Quake Areas Flee from Home After Strong Aftershock Forecast

Print This Page Email This Page
Chinese Fern Cleans up Heavy Metal-polluted Soil
China Makes Suggestions to WHA on Health-related MDGs
Beijing Hotels to Offer Condoms to Combat AIDS
Mlns Mourn Earthquake Dead with Air Sirens Wailing in Grief
Hu Orders to Reach Every Village
Forbidden City Opens Disabled Tourist Paths

Product Directory
China Search
Country Search
Hot Buys