Panama maintains that “it will take time” to identify migrants killed in bus accident

Panama has indicated this Thursday that "It will take time" identify migrants who have died in a traffic accident when the bus in which they were traveling fell off a cliff.

The Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMELCF) has indicated that "the state of the bodies and the lack of ante-mortem data make expert reports difficult, especially with regard to identification".

"Information from the countries of origin of the migrants will be needed to obtain papilloscopic or dental records and samples from relatives for genetic comparison for identification purposes."the entity has pointed out.

"This process will take time, meanwhile the corpses will be preserved with the due dignity established by international standards."reads a statement from the coroner’s office.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health of Panama has activated an emergency operations center to reinforce medical personnel in the area, with the aim of "provide primary care to the injured and injured from the accident".

At least 40 migrants died this Wednesday after the bus in which they were traveling fell off a cliff in the town of Chiriquí province, located in the west of the Central American country.

The bodies are found in the facilities of the David Judicial Morgue, Chiriquí, a town on the border with Costa Rica, where the migrants were heading.

In addition, dozens of people were injured, of which 15 have a serious prognosis, according to the Panamanian newspaper ‘Telemetro’.

Among the people who were in the vehicle, a total of 66, mainly citizens of Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela. However, there were also Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Cameroonian, Eritrean and Nigerian passengers.

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