Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Medicine and blood shortages in Mumbai hospitals may claim many more lives

by Danika Marquis

Hospitals in Mumbai are overwhelmed as hundreds of wounded pour in after last night’s bombings. Hours after, the train bombings in India’s financial capital claimed 183 lives, ambulances are still carting the over 500 wounded survivors to nearby hospitals. Many of the blast victims have lost their limbs and even eyes, and doctors have had to amputate on many of the wounded. One eyewitness described the scenes as chaos as onlookers, police and ambulance staff flocked to aid the injured in the rain. And police have attempted to free the traffic-clogged streets for the ambulances to swiftly respond to the scene. But the shortage of blood and medicine after the disaster may still claim more lives.

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