A wave of synchronized bomb blasts hit the western Indian city of Ahmedabad within a span of 70 minutes in the evening of July 27th 2008. The blasts killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 114.
The serial blasts occurred barely 24 hours after nine similar explosions rocked the city of Bangalore in the south Indian State of Karnataka, known as the Silicon Valley of India. Two people were killed and six injured in those explosions.
Several planted bombs in Ahmedabad, Surat and Pali (District) in Rajasthan have been defused by the security agencies in the last couple of days.
The Gujarat State Branch has activated its Emergency Control Room. The Hon. Secretary, Dr. Madhuben R. Naik, immediately contacted the District Collector and extended the Red Cross support. She sent directive to all District and Taluka Branches of Gujarat to be in readiness. An appeal was issued to motivate people for blood donation. She also visited the blast victims at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.
The branch deployed four ambulances along with 31 volunteers at four different bomb blast sites. All the deployed Red Cross Volunteers provided emergency support at the four hospitals (including Civil Hospital, J.J. Hospital, V.S. Hospital and Samjuba Hospital) in the Emergency Trauma Centre. They worked as paramedical staff with the doctors and served the injured people.
The Ahmedabad District branch runs one of the leading blood banks in the city. It started collection and supply of blood to the hospitals.
The Hon. Secretary Dr. N.G. Narayana of Karnataka State branch offered blood, ambulances and volunteers for attending to the victims of the blasts. However, the State Government has been able to take care of it all by itself. The branch is disseminating information alongside the Government amongst the people not to panic by rumours but to be alert.
Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society spoke to the concerned State Secretaries and has assured all the assistance.