Black People : 40,000 Dead Bodies Expected to Be Found in Katrina's Aftermath

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  1. SpiritualONE

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    Funeral director deploys to hurricane region
    Tuesday, September 6, 2005
    By Clint Confehr

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    A co-owner of Shelbyville-based Gowen-Smith Chapel has been deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help with recovery since Hurricane Katrina, and his business partner here has described the grim task there.

    "DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies," Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security.

    His partner, Dan Hicks, of Paducah, Ky., was deployed Monday. Buckner, of Dickson, is on standby. Their funeral home is one of several collection sites for donations to be taken to the Red Cross in Fayetteville on Wednesday for transfer to places in need.

    The 40,000 estimate does "not include the number of disinterred remains that have been displaced from ... mausoleums," Buckner told the Times-Gazette Monday.

    Since New Orleans is below sea level, in-ground burial is impossible.

    Public health protection and identification of bodies are tasks for DMort, Buckner said. Teams include morticians, medical examiners, coroners, pathologists, anthropologists, odontologists, dental assistants, photographers, police, DNA, X-ray, evidence, fingerprint, mental health and computer specialists, and others such as heavy equipment operators.

    "Until they search each and every remaining house and remove all the fallen materials ... they will not know how many people are there," Buckner said.

    "The National Association of Funeral Directors and Embalmers will be making assignments to coordinate with local officials ... [for] preparation of bodies," he said. "They'll probably establish a mortuary there where bodies can be taken so forensics can identify bodies and families can decide what they want to do.

    "My personal opinion is they will be recovering bodies for 30 ... to 120 days," Buckner said.

    That's because of "the sheer destruction, the rubble that will have to be removed and to find bodies in attics and yards and the water," he said. People "were told to go to their attic. Then the water came up and they had no way to escape.

    "Firemen chopped holes in roofs and found bodies."

    Without anything to do for them, they moved on, he said.

    Public health is "definitely" a major concern as time goes on, Buckner said.

    He anticipated volunteers would serve for two weeks and then be relieved as a rotation schedule is developed.

    Buckner, 67, attended a funeral directors association conference in Chicago where he received training so he might be prepared for such work. He's been in the mortuary business for 45 years.

    "I feel a moral obligation to help people," Buckner said. "We serve people in dire need and if ever there was a time when people need ... it's now."

    He anticipates the emergency mortuary will receive bodies from national guardsmen, fire fighters and others such as rescue squad teams.

    DMort teams in the funeral directors' region that includes Tennessee have also been deployed to Biloxi, Miss., Anniston, Ala., Baton Rouge, La., and Houston, Tex.

    Gowen-Smith Chapel "has collected a massive amount of food and necessary items" for survivors of the hurricane on the Gulf coast, Buckner said. "The people of Bedford County ... have been very receptive."

    The mayor said over 50,000 citizens are unaccounted for so it may be higher.
     
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    I think it's important to stay positive. There are around 400 different shelters for the victims of this storm. Families have been shuffled around in many different shelters and to say that 40,000 are unaccounted I think is misleading. How many family members listed each other as missing simply because they don't know where each other are.

    Remember in the 9/11 attack they first started saying 10,000 people were feared dead and the actual number was under 3,000.
     
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    Thank you SpiritualOne for the information. I believe once the waters recede the media is going to be on those bodies like a feeding frenzy. May our brothers and sisters finally rest in peace and may our survivors be reborn into this stronger mindset to start "handlin business."
     
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    I believe in being realistic and the facts surrounding this GENOCIDE say that if people haven't been SHOT or drowned, they have been suffering through dehydration, heat exhaustion, diseases that are lethal, TOXIC, polluted, germ infested water, lack of proper medicine, lack of proper nutrition, bacterial infections that spread (e-coli already found in water), mosquito bites that have bittened DEAD bodies, and I can list many other factors but I don't want to belabor my point. Incubation period for certain diseases can take up to 3 weeks to become manifested, so many elderly and young people can fall victim to this SLOW MOVING CURSE that was orchestrated by these callous CRIMINALS in power. Don't get me wrong! I hope you are right, but I see things, read things, and hear things that other folks don't see. In other words, the sneakiness behind these deaths will continue to unfold long after the cameras have stopped rolling.
     
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    I believe that this will indeed be a turning point in many of our lives
     
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    I will wait for a final body count to give my complete response. However this many death don't happen in the Caribbean, where Hurricane always hit their hardest. 40,000 deaths, even half that number, is nothing short of genocide. Every black person in this country needs to re-evaluate themselves and their status in the US after this.
     
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    Exactly

    Cuba got hit by a category 5 hurricane last summer, and Castro evacuated 1.5 million people, without a single lost of life.
     
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    The operational words are "evacuated 1.5 million people" whereas only 80% of the 500,000 in New Orleans were able to get out. That leaves 100,000 (35,000 of them relocated to the Superdome and convention center).

    My conservative estimate says that at least 50,000 people still can't be accounted for. Many of them were too poor or sick to go anywhere. The buses weren't able to pickup every person.
     
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    i pray that the death total is not that high...

    one love
    khasm
     
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    Are they souping that number up? That is too amazing to be true.
     
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