Identification of Naivasha tragedy victims begins at Chiromo

By Margaret Kalekye/Release

At least 33 bodies from Naivasha tragedy are set for identification at Chiromo Mortuary Monday morning starting from 9 am.

Officials are due to begin a post-mortem examination of the bodies from Tuesday after successful identification of the bodies.

According to St John Ambulance, fragmented and bodies burnt beyond recognition may take more than two weeks to allow for conclusion of DNA tests.

Six other bodies of officers from the General Service Unit who perished in the tragic explosion have been taken to Kenyatta University Mortuary for separate preservation and identification.

A total of 39 people were burnt to death, while 14 vehicles were engulfed in fire when a truck carrying explosive chemicals rammed into several vehicles before busting into flames near Karai along the busy Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

The government has launched investigations into Saturday night’s tragic accident

Earlier, there were indications that 40 people died in the inferno, but the toll was corrected downwards to 39 after re-tallying the bodies.

However there are fears that the death toll could be higher.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery  has asked relatives and friends of the victims to visit the mortuary to help in identifying the remains.

“As this is a national tragedy we appeal to all Kenyans to remain sensitive to the feelings of families affected, and refrain from posting images of the scene on the social media. Investigations are now underway to ascertain further details concerning the cause of the accident including the substances being carried aboard the canter which are as of now unconfirmed.”

Nkaissery appealed to all road users to be cautious as they drive to various destinations to avoid accidents in this festive season.

Relatives are being offered psychosocial support to help them deal with the traumatizing process of body identification.

Multi-agency teams supporting friends and relatives who are searching for their loved ones at the Mortuary include St John Ambulance, Red Cross, National Disaster Operations Center (NDOC) and National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU).

Government through the Interior Ministry is considering financial compensation to relatives to facilitate burial and other logistics.

Well-wishers willing to support friends and relatives can send their donations of food and refreshments to Chiromo Mortuary.



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