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Hundreds of bodies removed from Honduran prison after blaze

Published 16/02/2012 | 14:03

Honduran forensic workers remove corpses in plastic bags from the National Prison in Comayagua. Photo: Getty Images
Honduran forensic workers remove corpses in plastic bags from the National Prison in Comayagua. Photo: Getty Images
A woman cries outside the prison. Photo: Getty Images
An injured inmate is carried into hospital after being rescued from a prison fire in Honduras that killed hundreds (AP)

A FORENSICS team has begun the arduous task of moving hundreds of bodies from a Honduran prison following a devastating fire that swept through the overcrowded jail on Wednesday.

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With a senior official at the attorney general's office telling media that 359 inmates' bodies are unrecognisable after the blaze, medical teams in the tiny Central American nation are working around the clock to identify victims.



"We are doing all we can and is possible. All the team are inside and we hope that in the next hour we can move the bodies and we can work with forensics who are waiting for the bodies," said government official, Danelia Ferrera.



Crowds of grief-stricken relatives gathered outside the jail site desperate to hear if their loved ones were amongst the hundreds killed in the deadly prison fire.



"I feel sad because because here we have lost our family. Here I have my son and he appeared to have been in the fire. He could not leave his cell because the doors were closed," said the family member of an inmate, Rosa Maldonaldo.



It was one of the worst prison fires ever in Latin America, and local radio reports said many of the inmates were burned to death inside their cells.



Honduran President Porfirio Lobo has ordered a full investigation into the tragedy and vowed to raise prison standards in the country.



The Comayagua prison had housed more than 850 inmates - well above its capacity.

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