Health Minister: Bodies of landslide victims yet to be identified

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The bodies of the 11 victims of the landslide in Batang Kali, Selangor that were taken to Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem are yet to be identified as at 4pm today.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said the hospital’s forensic medical team was gathering ante-mortem data from the victims’ next of kin to speed up the body identification process while waiting for the post-mortem order from the police.

“We have strict procedures. As long as we have not obtained the post-mortem order, an autopsy will not be carried out,” she told reporters at Sungai Buloh Hospital Forensic Department in Kuala Lumpur today.

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Zaliha said Covid-19 screening will also conducted on the bodies before the post-mortems are carried out.

She also said forensic teams from several other hospitals in the Klang Valley are at the hospital to assist the post-mortem process.

The hospital expects to receive several more bodies soon.