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Inside HCM City’s crematorium for people who died from Covid-19

The peak of the epidemic has passed, but Ho Chi Minh City is still recording dozens of Covid-19 related deaths each day.

The cemetery in Cu Chi district, HCM City is quiet in the last days of 2021. Located at a corner of the cemetery are the crematoriums and refrigerated storage containers that were set up in late August for those who died from Covid-19. That was when the pandemic was at its peak in the country’s largest city.

Major Dong Anh Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Gia Dinh Regiment of the Ho Chi Minh City Command, who is head of the special task force at the cemetery in Cu Chi, told VietNamNet that during the epidemic peak, the 12 crematoriums always ran at full capacity. About 60 officers and soldiers worked day and night but could not promptly handle all the cases. They had to put corpses into refrigerated containers.

At present, only several dozen bodies are incinerated here. The number of soldiers has been slashed to 19, said Major Tuan.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

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Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Soldiers wear protective gear to handle a body that has just been brought from the hospital.

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

The body is carefully disinfected, then put in a coffin for cremation.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

The coffin is brought to a crematorium.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

The body of an elderly woman who died of Covid-19 is put in a coffin for cremation.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Soldiers carry the coffin to the cremation.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

The bodies that have not been cremated will be put into a refrigerated container.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

A body is taken from the refrigerated container to the crematorium.

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Soldiers say that their job is now less difficult than a few months ago.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

"They are young soldiers who have just joined the army but are very enthusiastic and dedicated," Major Dong Anh Tuan said about the soldiers on duty.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Each incinerator can treat each body for an average of 2 hours.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

A sheet of paper with the deceased's name is placed in front of the crematorium.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

The ashes are put in an urn.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

The urns will be handed over to the family of the deceased.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Soldiers carefully write down the names of the deceased and box urns.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

After everything is done, soldiers burn incense for the unfortunate victims who died of Covid-19.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

During their spare time, soldiers rest or play chess for fun.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

Soldier Nguyen Thai Tai says that he has been working here for several months since the pandemic broke out. "I was a little scared at first, but the responsibility of a soldier has helped me overcome difficulties," Tai says.

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

Bên trong khu hỏa thiêu người tử vong vì Covid-19 ở TP.HCM

 

Tung Tin - Nguyen Son - Thu Anh

Soldiers work hard to keep up with cremations in HCM City

Soldiers work hard to keep up with cremations in HCM City

Private First Class Vu Duc Thanh, 19, opens the door of a cold storage unit that holds the bodies of COVID-19 victims, so he and his colleagues can take the next coffin out for cremation in HCM City’s Cu Chi District. 

 

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