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A day after a series of bomb explosions in Madrid, the latest reports indicate that at least 198 people have died, and over 1,430 are injured, many seriously. Four separate trains were hit by what is now known to be ten explosions. The country has begun three days of mourning. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has called for mass rallies this evening (12 March) to show the country's defiance of terrorism. Meanwhile, Spanish authorities are conducting investigations to determine who might be responsible.
Red Cross and Red Crescent action
The President of the Spanish Cross and of the International Federation, Mr. Suárez del Toro, is lending comfort and assistance to those affected. Medical treatment continues to be the main area of Government and Spanish Red Cross action. In addition, the Spanish Red Cross response includes:
- mobilization of more than 400 volunteers.
- more than 100 Spanish Red Cross psychological support experts are working in Madrid to support the victims and relatives of this morning blasts. Additionally, in different provinces of Spain (Catalonia, Extremadura, Navarra, Huelva, Huesca, Granada, Segovia, Avila and Murcia) psychological support teams have been established to provide comfort to relatives of those missing and affected. Each team is formed by 12 experts.
- there is no further need for more blood donations (there has been on overwhelming response from the Spanish population to the appeal for blood donations).
- more than 70 vehicles, of which 26 are ambulances, are being used to transport people to hospitals
- the Spanish Red Cross has activated its tracing system -nationally and internationally - to assist families concerned about the fate of their loved ones. In cooperation with the Interior Minister and the Madrid regional government, Red Cross volunteers are attending telephone calls of those that have lost somebody. They have received and attended to over 4,000 telephone calls.
- Media: interviews with the main international media have been carried out by seniors Spanish Red Cross officials (such as BBC and RFI).