DNA identification for Naivasha tragedy victims begins

December 13, 2016 10:27 am
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The bodies will be released to families in two weeks time/FILE
The bodies will be released to families in two weeks time/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – The DNA identification for victims of the Naivasha highway fire tragedy will kick off Tuesday morning at the Chiromo Mortuary.

Those who believe they lost relatives in the accident have been urged to present themselves at the mortuary where pathologists will take samples for matching.

Chief Government pathologist Johansen Oduor will lead the exercise as the death toll rose to 42 after more casualties succumbed to their injuries at the Nairobi and Kenyatta National hospitals.

The DNA results are expected to be out within two weeks when bodies which will have been identified will be released to their families.

On Monday, a total of 18 DNA samples had been taken from families of the deceased.

Those who visited the mortuary viewed the five identifiable bodies but one of them was claimed by two families.

More than 263 people were given counseling support to help them deal with the aftermath of the horrific incident.

Multi-agency support teams at Chiromo Mortuary are seeking donations of foods and refreshments to support the families looking for their loved ones.

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