Monday, July 27, 2009

[U.K.] Catacombs may be used to store bodies of swine flu victims:
Exeter city council plans to use 19th century burial chambers as emergency mortuary if pandemic worsens
Saturday 25 July 2009 11.52 BST
A city council is considering using 19th century catacombs to store the bodies of swine flu victims if the outbreak worsens, it was confirmed today.
Exeter city council has identified the empty underground burial chambers, currently used as a tourist attraction, as a potential mortuary.
A council spokesman said the plan would be implemented if the crematorium and cemeteries could not keep up with funeral demands.
"We have some empty catacombs in an old cemetery in the city," he said. "These are 19th century underground burial chambers which are normally a tourist attraction. They can, however, be safely used for their original purpose and allow us to temporarily store bodies in the remote possibility that the need should arise."

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