The Development of UK DVI since the Asian Tsunami in 2004

Moheem Masumali Halari (
Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of London
August, 2013
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Dr. Moheem M. Halari
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Neuroscience
All Saints University School of Medicine, Dominica


Disaster victim identification is a global concern. Mass fatality events occur through not only natural but also man-made catastrophes. The characteristics associated with these events ensure that each one offers an independent learning opportunity so that the repetition of mistakes of the past are avoided and also to learn effectively from the experiences. The United Kingdom has faced several mass fatality incidents since 1966 up to 2005; The Aberfan Colliery Disaster, October 21, 1966, The Brighton Hotel Bombing October 12, 1984, Bradford City Football Stadium Fire, May 11, 1985, Manchester International Airport Fire August 22, 1985, King's Cross Underground Fire, November 18, 1987, Piper Alpha Oil and Gas Platform Diaster, July 6, 1988, The Lockerbie Bombing, December 21, 1988, The Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, April 15, 1989, The Marchioness Riverboad Disaster, August 20, 1989, The Dunblane Primary School Shooting, March 13, 1996, The Omagh Bombing, Saturday, August 15, 1998, Rail Incidents, Chinese Lorry Deaths, Dover, June 18, 2000, Operation Lund—Morecambe Bay Cockling Disaster, February 5, 2004 and London Bus and Underground Bombings, July 7, 2005. Each of these events though tragic bring about changes within the mass fatality plan for the better management and control of future incidents by recording the events through experience and highlighting the learning outcomes from these tragedies.