The Zambia Police Service has clarified the different figures being passed to members of the public regarding the number of people who died in the Chibombo accident.
Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Charity Chanda disclosed in a press statement made available in Lusaka today that investigations and records state that only 51 people died and have all been identified.
Ms Chanda said that 20 bodies were transported to the Copperbelt on the actual day of the accident while one person who had sustained serious injuries died on the way to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
She said this brings the total number of bodies evacuated on February 7 to 21.
Ms Chanda further disclosed that on February 8, 2013, 26 bodies were taken from Liteta and Kabwe mortuaries to the Copperbelt province after positive identification by relatives of the deceased persons.
She said that total number of bodies that were transported to the Copperbelt was 46 while the body of the person who died on the way to UTH is still lying in the UTH mortuary.
Ms Chanda added that as of today February 10, 2013, four bodies are still lying in Kabwe General Hospital mortuary while one of the four is to be buried in Kabwe and that three await confirmation of place of burial by relatives.
She said the scene of accident was thoroughly combed and searched and all the bodies were picked from there.
Ms Chanda said the Police Service wishes to retaliate that the total number of people who died on February 7, 2013 was 51 and all the bodies have been positively identified autopsy conducted and are all ready for burial.