Grave tradition at Thai province

Volunteers digging up unidentified bodies during a mass exhumation at Poh Teck Tung Foundation Cemetery in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, on Friday. The remains of 3,890 people have been retrieved and they will be cleansed before they are stored in
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Volunteers digging up unidentified bodies during a mass exhumation at Poh Teck Tung Foundation Cemetery in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, on Friday. The remains of 3,890 people have been retrieved and they will be cleansed before they are stored in a warehouse, following a Buddhist ceremony. The foundation collects thousands of unidentified bodies annually, mostly belonging to accident victims, and buries them while waiting for relatives to claim them.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2015, with the headline 'Grave tradition at Thai province'. Print Edition | Subscribe