Disaster Waste Management Guidelines (DWMG) Online

Different Types of Waste

Dead Bodies

It should be noted that the disposal of dead bodies is often part of the disaster waste management sphere and requires sensitive handling to respect local culture and communities. In Port-au-Prince (Haiti), following the earthquake in 2010, the capacity to handle the large number of dead bodies was not sufficient, and weeks after the earthquake, it remained a substantial public health problem. After several weeks of emergency response, a large number of dead bodies were still present in the waste stream since no authority was capable of providing separate transport capacities.


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