Thursday, 20 August 2009

Any Mass graves planned for Malaysia? None

With total deaths comparable with UK although having perpetually hot
sunny days, and much lower population, Malaysia has not even planned
for any Health Emergency, let alone mass graves.

With the number of doctors in short supply, relying more on imports,
there is no plan to relieve their burden.

Instead, Malaysia has gone into hiding, pretending that there will be
no deaths due to swine flu, only pneumonia, and what a pneumonia.

Mass graves planned for swine flu outbreak
By MARK BLUNDEN, LONDON LITE - Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Home Office has drawn up plans for mass graves in London to deal
with a second wave of swine flu expected this autumn.

Crematoriums and cemeteries may have to work round the clock to deal
with the number of bodies, says a 59-page document which has also been
sent to hospitals.

The grim preparations, discussed at a meeting of Whitehall officials
and council leaders last month, will affect areas where there may not
be enough graves.

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Within weeks of a full-blown pandemic, the number of burials could
more than double and some cemeteries, particularly in inner-city
areas, "may experience a shortage of grave space", says the report —
Framework For Planners Preparing To Manage Deaths.

Freight containers and "inflatable" storage units may provide extra
mortuary space

It discusses using "a grave that is for a number of unrelated persons,
excavated mechanically in advance and designed for efficient
preparation and use".

It says this approach would create a "site for multiple graves and
consecutive burials" but added there must still be "marking of the
position of individual burials".

Freight containers and "inflatable" storage units may provide extra
mortuary space.

During the meeting, officials discussed the need for cemeteries and
crematoriums to work seven days a week, and the hiring of extra staff.

The report also warns there may be a need for "shorter services at the
chapel" or for memorial services to be held at a person's home

Whitehall officials are also speaking to coffinmakers to see if they
would be able to meet demand.

Retired doctors may be called back to work to issue death certificates
so GPs could focus on patients.

In Westminster, mass cremations are being planned due to a lack of
space in its three outlying cemeteries.

The council plans to store bodies in a refrigerated warehouse with
funeral directors working round the clock and crematorium furnaces
burning 24 hours a day.

John Barradell, Westminster's deputy chief executive, said the council
had to plan for the worst, adding: "We have a flu pandemic plan in
place which has been rigorously tested.

Senior officers are meeting regularly to monitor the changing

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