Thai tsunami victim identification overview to date

J Forensic Odontostomatol. 2005 Jun;23(1):1-18.


The boxing day tsunami of 26 December 2004 caused devastation and loss of life around the Indian ocean. International disaster victim identification efforts were centred in Thailand, with many odontologists from over 20 countries contributing to the examination of deceased, collection of antemortem information, comparison and reconciliation of data. The contribution of forensic odontology to the identification process conducted in Thailand in response to the tsunami devastation is presented in a composite of short reports focused on the five phases associated with disaster victim identification. To date 1,474 deceased have been identified. Dental comparison has been the primary identifier in 79% of cases and a contributor in another 8%, a total of 87%.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Dental Records
  • Disaster Planning
  • Disasters*
  • Forensic Anthropology* / methods
  • Forensic Dentistry* / methods
  • Health Priorities
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Mortuary Practice
  • Myanmar
  • Radiography, Dental
  • Registries
  • Relief Work
  • Thailand
  • Workforce