makeshift mortuary

makeshift mortuary

A popular UK term for any place, usually understood to be on hospital grounds, used to store bodies of the deceased, which has not been previously designated as such or formally approved by a deeming authority for such purpose.
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Aged 17 at the time, she discovered Andrew had died when her father returned from the gymnasium being used as a makeshift mortuary for the victims.
But before she went into the court she was told that Kevin had spoken a word shortly before 4pm in the makeshift mortuary to a Special WPC: "I said straight away, 'It was Mum, wasn't it?
Over in Chicago, Oprah's place was once turned into a makeshift mortuary after a riverboat disaster left more than 800 people dead.
THE horror of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime was exposed yesterday as the remains of hundreds of executed men were found in a makeshift mortuary.
Later, a long convoy of black hearses rolled in to carry bodies to a makeshift mortuary set up at Madrid's main convention centre - the same facility used to identify bodies after the 2004 terror attacks that killed 191 people on Madrid trains.
They were then faced with the traumatic task of finding and identifying Mr McComish's body in a makeshift mortuary.
At the Aberfan disaster Red Cross volunteers were quickly on the scene, and Dorothy was in a makeshift mortuary helping to clean the victims' bodies before they were identified by family members.
At least 235 bodies were being stored in a makeshift mortuary at a school for Italy's Finance Police outside L'Aquila.
Bodies are being stored in a makeshift mortuary at a school for Italy's finance police outside L'Aquila, local media said, and the first funeral is due to take place later in the day in Loreto Aprutino.
JUST over 20 years ago, as a young reporter, I witnessed a scene I never thought I would see in this country - dozens of bodies laid out in a makeshift mortuary at a football ground.
The team were sent to a makeshift mortuary in a bombed-out factory in Tuzla with no electricity or running water.