One of the most difficult aspects of providing disaster relief is the management of the deceased. Because disasters can cause a large number of deaths, the need for burial often overwhelms the local systems in place. The most urgent priority of disaster relief is to save lives, but appropriate handling of those killed in a disaster is an important step in the recovery of a community. As bodies of the deceased generally do not pose a public health risk, the main purpose of fatality management is to identify and properly bury the bodies in a way that minimizes distress among survivors.

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