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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Eyewitness: 'Operations ongoing'
Scores of people have been killed in at least seven explosions on trains in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

Medical student Sunny Jain describes the situation in the city's King Edward Hospital, which is treating many of the injured from one of the train blasts.


12 July, 1600 local time (1000 GMT)

Medical student Sunny Jain
After the initial rush of people who needed help after yesterday's incident, everything has become very quiet. Every person who was injured has been into some kind of hospital and received treatment.

When I went to the emergency services this morning, there were four people in the intensive care unit and one of them was critically injured.

This morning many emergency operations were conducted. These operations are still ongoing. Many of those who were injured needed specialist orthopaedic surgery.

All the other casualties have been shifted to various wards. Their condition has been stabilised and whatever trauma they were suffering has been dealt with as well as possible.

Patients have also been transferred here because of a lack of accommodation in other hospitals. The hospital professors are taking care of the victims and as far as treatment goes, everything is fine now.


12 July, 0100 local time (11 July, 1900 GMT)

There's been no relaxing for hospital staff until now. Things are finally under control.

Not all the staff is needed anymore.

Train wreckage from Mumbai
Sunny Jain says some operations are still ongoing
With the increasing death toll, it was an emergency situation.

Two hours ago, there was utter chaos here. People desperately needed help. There were fractures, bleeding, burns, lacerated burns - exactly what you expect from an explosion. About 500 people came in.

Our first priority was to stabilise the condition of the patients. We had to think first of saving lives. Every case was serious. Our emergency department filled up and we had to shift people to wards.

There was no time for thinking, we had to just act in accordance with a disaster.

Initially, people were totally shocked. Now everybody knows about it. We are now mentally prepared and we'll be ready if something happens again.


11 July, 2100 local time (1600 GMT)

The scenes are really horrible here. The floors are filled with bloodstains.

Blood on the floor of a Mumbai hospital
The scene in one Mumbai hospital after the blasts
Many people came into the hospital with injuries. There were so many that I couldn't really count.

It's mostly burns injuries. But I saw one man who was really badly injured and bleeding. He had to have his arm amputated.

There are not enough ambulances and many people are making their own way to the station. They are coming in by taxi and by foot.

We do not have the infrastructure that the Western world has. But we need medicines and more vehicles to bring the injured in.

People in shock

Most of the injured are coming in from Matunga station as we are the hospital closest to that station.

Since I'm a medical student I do the basic non-specific works. A lot of people have come in for simple first aid.

The dead have to be left at the scene. Those victims won't be coming into the hospital now. The focus is on helping the injured.

The situation has been complicated by the fact that it is raining very hard.

There is real anger amongst the people I have treated and confusion about what exactly happened.

Many people are in shock. They are very concerned about the situation and don't know what will happen next, don't know how to get home now.

It's very busy and I have to go back and help now with the injuries . Local trains are the lifeline of Mumbai. The city has been hit very hard.





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