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Canine units find more bodies in PMV plant

HOUSTON, April 25, 2016 (PCW) -– Crews with urban search and rescue canine units, backed up by special equipment, combed through the most damaged area of the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV) plant over the weekend and located the bodies of four more workers, according to a Mexichem announcement.

The PMV Clorados III VCM plant sustained a major explosion on April 20.

This brings the total number of dead to 32. The 26 bodies that have already been identified have been returned to their families.

Six of the bodies are still unidentified, and officials are using DNA analysis to confirm their identities.

The other workers in attendance on the day of the explosion, who are employed by PMV, Pemex, ICA Fluor and its subcontractors, have all been located.

Mexichem stated that locating the bodies was possible thanks to the collaboration between security teams of PMV, Pemex, and specialist urban search and rescue canine units belonging to the Ministry of Defense and Civil Protection of the State of Veracruz, who managed entry into areas within the plant that are still very difficult to access.

PMV continues to provide access for visitors of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), providing all required information and facilitating interviews with relatives of those who still remain unidentified.

Pemex and PMV have remained in constant communication with the families of the injured and deceased workers. It has provided them with psychological counseling and support for their stay in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. In addition, employers covered the wages of the injured and began the process of compensation for the families of the deceased. -- Donna Todd

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