Monday 24 July 2006
These are direct links to each of the hospital lists.
Asha Parekh Hospital
Holy Family Hospital
Analysis of Blast (this is an overview, with the numbers in each hospital, but without names.
Unidentified Deadbodies (Please be warned that the picture on this page may be upsetting for some viewers.)
Thursday 20 July 2006
If you're looking for info, please leave a comment in this post. We'll try and get info for you. Please leave contact info. We'll monitor this post for that purpose.
Also, if you see a query you can answer, please do so, and let us know via a comment.
If you're trying to get through to someone, leave
1.their name and phone number, and
2. your name and phone number.
One of us will try and get through and get back to you.
Please see this post for ways to send SMSes (short text messages) via email.
Update: Please use this page (it's a wiki that anyone can edit) to leave phone numbers to be contacted.
Update 2: If you have contacted the person you were worried about (or if someone has contacted her/him for you) , please delete the comment which left personally identifying information. You'll have to be logged in to blogger under the same ID that you posted your comment. We'll delete these comments ourselves later, but there are a whole lot of them, and it will take time. (update: all comments containing personal phone numbers and email addresses have been deleted.)
Thanks for you help.
Post-dating this so it stays sticky. It was first posted at approximately 7.45 p.m on 11th July.
Leave a full address and directions if possible. Thanks.
Post-dating this so it stays sticky. It was first posted at approximately 9.20p.m on 11th July.
Wednesday 19 July 2006
LIC Helpline for Claims: 9892590175, 9869089079, 9819059797, 9870148947, 9967221699
Mumbai Helpline: (022) 22005388
BMC Helpline: 09833181818
Western Railway Helpline: 23014373
2. Citizens for Justice and Peace
They have begun contact work with the victims and planning to update their website on their work plans
Contact Persons: Javed Anand and Teesta Setalvaad
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabrang Communications & Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Juhu Tara Road,
Mumbai - 400 049.
Tel/Fax -: 91-22-2660 2288
Tel -: (91-22) 2660 3927, 26602288, 26603927
3. India Centre for Human Rights and Law
They have begun contact work with victims- planning to look at compensation, applications under right to information act, employment to people injured and cases of illegal detention also to understand physical disability to victims and their rights.
Contact Person: Maya OR Aruna
4th Floor CVOD Jain School,
84 Samuel Street,
Phone: (91) (22) 2343 9651 and 23436692
Fax: (91) (22) 2343 3698
4. SMILE Foundation
A National Development Agency, SMILE will provide support and help to needy individuals who have been affected by the Mumbai bomb blasts on July 11. The Smile foundation supports NGOs focusing on children and youth. The help will extend to medical and physical rehabilitation.
Contact Person: Seema Ghule, communication officer
Sunday 16 July 2006
Those who would like to volunteer, please get in touch at email@example.com (mumbaihelp[at]gmail[dot]com) or leave a comment with your contact details and we will get back to you.
We are planning on calling a meeting soon (maybe at the end of this week). Details will be put up on the blog and mailed to volunteers.
We need to know how much time you can give to this and what kind of help you can provide.
Type of help could be :
getting info from authorities (lists, addresses)
finding out procedures
operating and updating the blog
manning phonelines to get info
We also need to know if you have contacts with any charitable organisation and what area of work they are involved in.
Of course, it is not possible to entirely pre-empt exactly what kind of help an emergency could call for. If you can think of any other way you can help so that we are prepared for all eventualities, please let us know.
CONTACT: mobile, landline
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Friday 14 July 2006
Hi, I am trying to compile as much info on the procedure/documents needed for claiming compensation/insurance.If you have answers, please leave them in the comments, or sign up on our newsgroup. Just go to http://groups.google.com/group/BombayHelp and hit the Join button. It's free and anyone can join.
This will hopefully make things easier for the bomb blast victims (both survivors and next of Kin)
I have a list of the various private insurance companies operating out of mumbai and they have been most helpful.
I have yet to talk to the Railways because apparently the claims have to be made to the "Railway Claims Tribunal" for the compensation / medical reimbursement
If there is anyone of you who could shed some light/help please get in touch.
This is the info I have till now regarding the insurance/compensation.....
a) The state govt has already paid Rs 15,000/- to each of the deceased at the time of handing overt he body.
b) The state Govt has declared a compensation of 1 lac to each of the deceased.
Their people are visiting each house and verifying the death by taking 2 witnesses signatures from the building.
The person who visited Borivali was Mr Rahul cell [deleted]
b) the Railways has declared a compensation of 5 lacs to each of the deceased. I have been trying whole morning to get through to the concerned person at their Mumbai Central office .
I NEED SOMEONE TO VISIT THEM PERSONALLY IF POSSIBLE AND GET THE INFO. Any volunteers, please contact me.
c) I have a list of the insurance agencies which i will attach here shortly.
d)The papers needed by the insurance company in case the deceased was a policy holder are......
Claim Form.... Some companies have this attached to the policy itself, others will send you on eor ask your agent to get one for you.
Death Certificate.... since the death certificate takes time, most insurance companies are doing away with this and instead are accepting the letter/post mortem certificate certified by the railways.
This is the paper one would have got while getting the body Nominee... most policy holders would have nominated a nominee. In which case the nominee has to go to the insurance company with proper identification.
If no Nominee, then the heir/next of kin ( wife, father, mother, in that order) with proper identification and proof of relationship with the deceased has to be submitted.
In this case some companies will ask for a "letter of no objection" form the other heirs. This letter has to mention the person chosen on their behalf to receive the insurance
I will post more info as and when I get it
You could also email me at cassynaz[at]gmail[dot]com
"When something like the Mumbai blasts happens, its shakes the resilience of the city, its daunting, it hits you, and you feel helpless. We understand this and in the newsroom we are trying to help in every way we can. Awaaz is extending a helpline to the people of Mumbai: anybody affected by the blasts with insurance claims, needing monetary assistance from the Railway ministry and assistance promised to the kin of deceased by the railway ministry (employment etc) can call the Awaaz helplines now.
Call 9819813366 & 9833618164 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or SMS Help to 2622.Awaaz will ensure that these cases are taken up with Insurance companies and the Railway ministry for early redressal. We know that every phone call, every e-mail, every SMS, helps to make a difference. Do call us or write in and help us help you."
24 - Hour Chemists
Mobile Care Ambulance
Fire Stations with contact details
Private Hospitals in Mumbai / Navi Mumbai / Thane
Other hospital lists
All-India Hospital List
Police Stations with Tel. numbers
Mumbai Police website
Media contact numbers
Various Free Medical Services
Blood banks in Mumbai and Thane
Blood banks in 26 districts in Maharashtra
Eye banks in Mumbai
Eye banks in Maharashtra
NGOs in: Mumbai
Thursday 13 July 2006
This blog is an attempt by writers to address issues of terrorism, fanatacism, bigotry, war, censorship, human rights violation, women's rights and any act which violates the idea of justice and fairness.
I invite you to post your comments, opinions, ideas and issues pertaining to these. Let's come up with suggestions to make our world safe and terror free.
If words are your forte and you think have something worthwhile to say and contribute to this blog then shoot me a mail at dan[DOT]husain[AT]gmail[DOT]com
Tomorrow at K.C. College Hall, 6:30 p.m.
All are invited to join in.
Please spread this message.
There's also a break-up of the numbers of injured and dead, hospital by hospital, also translated from Marathi, on this wiki page. Scroll down that page for a break-up of numbers of dead bodies identified, unidentified and handed over to relatives, also hospital by hospital.
Please visit the following link and light an e-candle for the Mumbai Victims. For every candle lit - CNN-IBN channel is giving 1 Rupee to the victims. Please send this to as many people as you know:
(The page was a little sluggish the last time I checked. Please be patient.)
Wednesday 12 July 2006
A large number of people are meeting at azad maidan at around 6:30 in the evening to light candles in memory of the people who died yesterday, and as a gesture of peace.
Please spread this message via email or SMS.
Note: Please brinng your own candles and matchboxes.
Dhvanil Shah from Mumbai is looking for these two persons who are missing.
Veerashree from Mumbai is looking for Mr. Hemchandra Vishwanath Mastkar, aged approximately 65 years residing at Suyog C.H.S.Borivali (W) Mumbai-92. He is missing since Tuesday evening.
more details at CNN-IBN here.
Mr Noronha's body was found. (Deccan Herald, BBC, Konkani Catholics Blog.)
Nancy, Corrine and Grace, we're so very sorry.
From the comment here.
Name - Joseph Noronha
Age - 56 yrs
Height - 5'6"
Weight - 60 kgs
Complexion - Fair
Was Wearing - A Short Sleeves White Shirt with Blue Stripes and Bluish-Black Trousers
Body Identification - Has scars/stitches in his left hand, chest and legs.
His picture is uploaded in NDTV MISSING PERSON SITE
You can contact the following:
Nancy Noronha - [contact information deleted]
Corinne Noronha - [contact information deleted]
Posted By Gracedatta@[contact information deleted]
IF anyone has information about this person please inform Nancy or Corinne.
To the person who handed you a glass of water or a biscuit. To the school that let you sleep the night. To the stranger who gave you a lift. To the taxi driver who didn't put his meter down.
There'll be time for other stuff later.
Right now, reach out to heal.
15-year-old male, dark complextion, has a previous burn mark on his upper left arm. He's not too severely injured but is kept in the ICU. He's unconscious. Pass this on guys.
Update from Maya in the comments: The boy (named Rakesh) was identified by his father today who stays in Nerul.
Besides the municipal schools, the government has identified 15 halls (relatively open spaces which can house many people amounting to those in schools, universities and wedding halls) in south Mumbai, as emergency shelters for those who are stranded incase of heavy flooding. On the days, expected to receive heavy rainfall, the government has asked these 15 places not to book their halls for any functions.Some names from the article:
"We have identified 15 places in the areas in and around Churchgate and CST, so that people staying in the suburbs need not be stranded on the stations. We have also instructed the ‘A’ ward to provide food packages to those in the emergency shelters," said Vilas Vaidhya, Chief Officer, Disaster Management Plan.
According to the letters issued to the halls, there are seven days on which the city is expected to get flooded. "We received the list in the last week of May. It said, not to let the hall be booked on the following seven days - July 14, August 10, 11, 12 and September 8, 9, 10," said Ashok Tejuja, owner of Ashoka Hall, Nariman Point.
Ashoka Hall housed people who were stranded in the last year’s deluge, and so have many of the halls on the emergency shelter’s list. "Even if we were not issued a list, we would have helped the people voluntarily," added Tejuja.
Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point
Kabibai School Trust.
The Sunderbai Hall, New Marine Lines
The Hindi Vidhya Bhavan, Marine Lines
KR Cama Hall.
Please note that the article quotes trustees and managers of the various halls, trusts and schools as saying they have received no notification from the government as yet.
can do anything to help those who can't find their family/friends and are out there on the roads showing photographs to news reporters. there are quite a few of them. can we do anything to organise a search effort or at least compile data of the missing (with photographs and details of where seen last) and put it up so people in the area and those who are close to hospitals can do something about it?Here's what he's doing about it, and he has a query for you:
I am going to the nearby hospitals and blast sites with a digicam, cellphone camera, pen and paper. I will try to get details and photographs from people who are looking for the missing. If possible, I'm going to try and get photographs of unidentified wounded and deceased at the hospitals.The next step will be uploading these pictures to Flickr or some such. Anybody have a better idea?
Will come back with details and mail them across so we can build a database asap.
There might be others willing to do the same in their respective areas. Is there any way to reach them and ask if they'd want to help out?
Post your thoughts on next steps here on our wiki, or in the comments section of this post.
The response to requests for blood have been overwhelming.Please see this wiki page for Citizen updates.
As of 3.00pm Blood Banks(corporation as well as private- Sion Hospital, Cooper Hospital, Hinduja, Holy Family contacted) seem to have adequate units of blood in stock and are discouraging more donations.
While its is amazing to see so many people pouring out onto the streets to donate blood in response to such a calamity, it is true that even if half of us donate blood more regularly we would help save more lives than this mad rush will.
So if there are still people out there who would like to donate blood, hold on. Wait for a month or two, and then make it a habit.
Or register yourself on www.indianblooddonors.com and respond to blood requests.
Thank you all.
Western railway services are back on track between Andheri and Churchgate, services between Virar and Borivli not running. Many long distance trains to Gujarat have been cancelled. More details on inbound and outbound train schedules available here.
Additional security is being provided in the trains.
Many long distance trains to Gujarat have been cancelled -
People are going to work - although shaken, many say they are not going to sit at home.
Sources: NDTV, CNNIBN
Update at 2 pm:
DGP Maharashtra talks to media - says 183 dead and 714 injured. The CRPF, RAF and Home Guards have been called in for additional security. Metal detectors and sniffer dogs are in use at stations. High alert in the state of Maharashtra.
Police sources have suggested that RDX was used in the blasts, operated by remote timer devices.
The stock market is stable - that's a good sign.
Gateway Pundit (with pictures)
Manish Vij (many screen grabs from TV)
Mumbai Metblog, open thread inviting participation
Pajamas Media (lots o links to reports)
Global Voices round up of posts from the blogosphere
Messages from NDTV viewers
Messages from CNN-IBN viewers
Amit Varma on Comment is Free at the Guardian
Sanjay Mohanlal Jaiswal, 36 Western Rly Employee
Babulal Dulbhai Waghri, Mira Road
Giresh B Talpate, Dahisar
Anish Vinaykumar Bandar, Goregaon (W)
Amrutlal Lalji Patel, Railway Employee
Bhairinath Krishna Salvi, Lower Parel
Khan Zuber Khan, H.R. Colleg/Vadodra
Chandrashekar, Pujari, 17years, 9892124606, stable
Ajay, Parekh, 37, 9870291181, stable
AJAY, JADHAV, 47,
Ajay , Yadav, 27, 9819122036, stable
amjad, ansaRi, 19, MALAD(W), Critical
AMRIT, COUTINHO, 45,
ASHOK, SHAH, 45,
ASHOK, LOHIA, 37,
CHIRAG, CHAUHAN, 21, 9867729894, Critical
DEEPAK , NAIK,
Dinesh, Bhai, 27, 9833599787, stable
Gajanan, MIRGU, 23, 9869351033, stable
GANESH SHANTARAM, KADAM, 26, 9869370686, stable
Giridhar, Katye, 54,
GULAB GANPAT, PATOLE, 68, 28677910, Critical
JAGDISH, GODIA, 70, WORLI, stable
JASPREET, KALSI, 20, 28164751, stable
JHANKARIPRASAD, JOSHI, 50,
Kalicharan, Shetty, 49, 26172447, stable
KEVAL, DOSHI, 26, 9867171520, stable
M B, KADM,
MAHADEO, NAIK/?NAIR, 40,
MAHADEO , KADAM, 56, 28861107, stable
MOHAMMED, SALIM, 28, 9821463457,
Mohd, Sajid, 30, 24091984, stable
MOHD, MARU, 14, 24091984, STABLE
NITIN, DHOLAKIA, 32,
Pankaj, Shah, 53, 9820083750, stable
POOJA, INDALE, 15,
Porko, TANGAVEET, 38, 28662892, Stable
Pravin , verma, 33, 9821135672, stable
RAJGOPALAN, IYER, 47, 28120865, stable
Rameshwar, HARIBHAVAN, 50, 250238234, Stable
RAMKRISHAN, MHATRE, 50, 9324349427, stable
RAMSUKH MATAPHAL, PARSI, 60,
Rishi, Dobra, 29, 9869096678, stable
SABEERKUMAR, ROY, 52,
SACHIN ABAJI, ADATE, 29, 24154830, stable
SANJAY BABAN, MORE, 40, Matunga (e), stable
Santosh, Patil, 26, 9869103862, stable
Shailesh, Singh, 22,
SHIVKUMAR, SHARMA, 51, 28814185, Critical
SHRIKANT, 58, 9869487089, Critical
swapna dilip, pitale, 17, KAL;ACHOWKI, stable
Tarachand, Pawar, 58,
Umesh, Naik, 32, 9833604432, stable
VIJAY, JOSHI, 23, 28641888, Critical
Shahu Ramchandra, Surve, 48, 9224678399, stable
I would be writing mails to all news channels...could anybody please supply some email addresses?
This might seem a diversion, but I think it is time we put an end to this macabre voyeurism.
Tuesday 11 July 2006
Lots of chaos as expected on the roads, many people walking home, cars stopping to offer lifts to people, locals - men, women, children - offering assistance right outside the stations where the blasts occured - with bottles of water and food and helping in any way they could. He said it was a sea of humanity.
There are reports that the railways will re-open the Western line late tonight or tomorrow - and i'm certain Bombay will be back to its business tomorrow. I just hope we stay calm through this, and there is no backlash as we saw in 1992-93.
Send a message to phonenumber@carriername (you'll need to know the carrier name / service provider of the number you're dialling)
Hutch (formerly Orange): hutchinson.in
Tata Tele: tatatele.in
BPL Mumbai: bpl.in.mum
BPL Maharashtra: bpl.in.mah
Reliance Infocomm: reliance.in.infocomm
Update: This page has a form that will do the job for you: http://www.ananthapuri.com/mobile.asp
Update 2: See also: http://www.smsjunction.com/
Update 3: See also: http://www.krify.com/cell/
If you know of any other way to send SMSes via email, leave a comment in this post. Thanks.
Have just confirmed from the car provider, Orix, that roads are not quite blocked. They are running as usual. There was some panic on the streets around Worli, Mahim an hour back, but road situation is back to normal.However: If you don't absolutely have to go home, and you're safe and dry, please stay put. Don't add to the mess out there.
In case, people want to head back from South Bombay, you can.
Tulsi Pipe Road...inching traffic
Will post updates and let u knw when these roads open up
Recived this via an SMS:
just came back from dadar
roads ar jammed
thsi side is ok
they tride froma cab. towards subrb its all jammed you cant go
Out off all the networks, Hutch is particularly bad...Airtel is the best. I dunno how that helps...but whatever.
people stuck near siddhi vinayak and prabhadevi van try seeking shelter at Rachana Sansad collegethey were planning on keeping the college open thru the night. Nos: 24301024 (extn:701,702,703,704)
A friend msged this:
We took the road from Hindu colony till Kings circle; it was not jammed. The main roads were jammed. Tell people to take inner lanes.
As of 11:pm, July 11, 2006...main roads including Western express highway and SV road still jammed. Travel at your own risk. I myslef am leaving office in another 15 mins. So will let u knw more details when i'm on my way. Will msg Peter and ask him to update.
K.B. Bhaba Hospital Bandra 26422775 / 26429828 / 26406787 R. K. Patkar Marg, Bandra (W), Mumbai 50
Harilal Bhagwati Mun. General Hospital Borivali (W) 28932461 / 63 / 28998829
B. A. R. C. Hospital Chembur 25563140 / 25513985
Mangal Anand Hospital Chembur 25224845 / 25527539 Swastik Park, 48, Sion-Trombay Road, Chembur,Mubai - 71
RCF Hospital Chembur 25563397 R.C. Marg, Chembur, Mumbai 400074
Smt. Diwaliben M. Mehta (Maa) Mun. Gen. Hospi. Chembur 25220333 / 34 Postal Colony, Chembur, Mumbai 400071
Cooper Hospital Juhu 26207254 / 56 / 58 / 26205897 (Fax) / 28934257 Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400 056
Health Unit (Railway) Hospital Parel 24225966 7 N M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
K. E. M. Hospital Parel 24131763 / 24136051 / 24134977 1439 Parel, F/S Ward
M. G. Memorial Hospital Parel 24132575 700
Tata Hospital Parel 24161413
Tata Memorial Hospital Parel 24146750 / 24177000 / 7290 / 24154379
Wadia Hospital (Female) Parel 24129786 / 24185646
Wadia Hospital (Children) Parel 24129787
Mumbai General Hospital Santacruz (E) 26182081 / 26151506 Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400055
V. N. Desai Mun. Gen. Hospital Santacruz (E) 26182081 / 26183018 / 26151560 Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400 055
Sewree T. B. Hospital Sewree 24139784 / 24146993 Sewree, Mumbai 400 015
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Gen, Hopital & Medical College Sion 24076381(202) / 24073418 / 24082504 / 24092020 / 24074539 (P)
Hinduja Hospital: 24451515/ 24452222
Lilavati Hospital Bandra (W): 26455889/ 26455891/ 26438281/ 82 / Fax 26407655
Bhartiya Arogya. Hospital Juhu 26212297 / 26206493
Nanavati Hospital Juhu 26125555 / 26129302 / 26182255
Ramkrishna Mission Charitable Hospital Khar (W) 26484119
Hinduja Hospital Mahim 24451515 / 24452222 / 24449199 / 9142 / 7000/ 25153260 / 24452574 / 75 / Fax 24449151 / 24440425
S. L. Raheja Hospital Mahim: 24467569 / 70
Radhabai W. Ch. Hospital Mahim: 24443942 / 24377814
Diamond Orthopaedic Hospital Malad (W): 264820433
Evershine Orthopaedic Hospital Malad (W): 26821554
Girnar Orthopeadic Surgical Hospital Malad (W): 26071931
Bhaktivedanta Hospital Mira Road: 28128888
Asha Parekh Hospital Santacruz (W): 26491203 / 26493737 / 26492081
Ayurvedic Hospital Sion: 24072176 / 24092562
S.K. Patil (Piramal) Sion : 24090002 / 24090367
Suvarna Hospital Borivali 28052130 / 28052333
Here at Nariman Point, almost everyone's staying back in office. If you're in office, I can only reiterate what's suggested by other bloggers - stay put. The roads are not going to be looking very good.
The exact locations of the seven blasts, according to lastest updates, are: Matunga (some confusion about this: should be Matunga Rd, since central line is working), Mahim, Khar, Khar-Santa Cruz subway, Mira Road-Bhayandar, Jogeshwari and Borivli
The first blast at Khar at 6:25pm. The remaining within a space of 30 minutes.
Update: Deshmukh says more than 50 dead. AN Roy says 60. But this will change as information comes in. DCP Pasricha says 250 injured.
Getting worse by the minute. CNN-IBN says 40 dead, 50 injured at Matunga alone.
Update: Star says 8 blasts. Two in Borivli. One inside station. One outside.
Western railways enquiry: 131, 3061763
I'm stuck at my office. I'm bound to get reliable info here. Just stay where you are. The roads are all jammed as all the people who were already on their way when the blasts occurred are trying to get home. If you are stuck in office, be thankful that you have food, water, electricity and internet. Just stay. Btw, 4 blasts confirmed. Not sure of Borivali blast.
Lastly, try not to call everyone and anyone you know to see if their safe. If they are not safe, sorry to sound harsh, but they won't be taking your calls anyway. So stop trying to jam phone lines.
For the next couple of hours, I'll try to keep you updated on which roads are convenient to go by. The Elphinstone bridge heading to KEM hospital is bad as injured are taken to KEM. So there is a camp of media reporters and police officials out there. More updates coming up...
Update by Peter: "Maya" is a reporter with a city newspaper.
Update 9: Do read my post on the Guardian's blog, Comment is Free, titled "Avoiding the backlash."
I make two points in that piece: one, the nature of terrorism is changing in India, and soft targets in big cities are more and more likely to be targeted. Two, this represents a challenge for Indian secularism that it must win if we are not to squander the gains of independence and democracy. Please read, and feel Free to Comment.
Update 7 (around 4 am, July 12): (I'm putting this update on top to summarise events. Scroll below for the chronology of my posting.)
Seven bomb blasts have taken place across Mumbai, along the Western Line railway, at rush hour. The exact locations are still not being clearly reported (see conflicting versions here and here), but this map (via Counterterrorism Blog) seems to be roughly correct. There's also a Google Map here.
Some links: Rediff's coverage, HT's coverage, NDTV, Mid Day, the Times of India, DNA, BBC, the Guardian, CNN, CNN-IBN, the Hindu. And here are pictures from Rediff, ToI, BBC, CNN-IBN and DNA. You can also see pics and YouTube clips at Ultrabrown, and there's a Flickr group here.
Other bloggers writing on this: Neha at Global Voices, Gaurav Sabnis, Sepia Mutiny, Varnam, Instapundit, Pajamas Media, Gateway Pundit, Pratyush Khaitan, Desi Pundit, Dhoomketu, Gawker, Patrix, and there's lots on Mumbai Metblogs.
Mumbai Help, which I'm part of, has seen loads of updates from bloggers, with one post in particular standing out: "How can we help you?" worked superbly as a forum through which people could reach their loved ones in Mumbai, and find out that they were okay. There is also a wiki now for such info.
More links will follow later. The original post, along with its first few updates, is
Update 8: The latest death toll is 190.
There's a lot of misinformation floating around, especially regarding blood donations. Rumours were floating that Sion Hospital needed 1600 bottles of blood, but that is not true. I just called them up and they told me they had excess blood, and there's a first-person account here from someone who went there to donate blood. Before you head off for that purpose, please call the hospital you intend to go to. A list of telephone numbers is here. More numbers (via Mumbai Help): Blood banks, BMC control rooms.
The Mumbai Police has a list of dead and injured people here. Everybody I know in Mumbai travels by train; any of us could have been on that list. It's chilling, and it feels frivolous to offer condolences on a blog for those who have lost a friend or relative. What consolation can there be?
Original post: At least
The TV channels are full of pictures, and cliches like "lifeline of Mumbai" and so on. One anchor asks his correspondent if this is a terrorist attack, as if he'd know five minutes after reaching the blast site. Phonelines are down across the city, though SMSs from outside are coming in. More later.
Latest reports: 20 deaths at Matunga Road (thanks n), 15 at Sion/Matunga. These are via TV, might be unreliable. Please leave updates in comments.
(*Mira Road, Jogeshwari, Khar, Matunga Road, Borivali, Bhayandar, Bandra: all across the Western line, at rush hour.)
Update: As soon as the first pictures started, Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN started waxing about how how "resilient Mumbaikars" were "helping each other." And moments ago, he bragged about how "this is the power of a global news organisation. These pictures are going out across the world thanks to CNN-IBN." Every news channel had more or less the same pictures.
Update 2: AN Roy says on NDTV 24x7 that at least 60 dead bodies have been located. He also says that the police has given no instructions to disable telephone lines, and that they are jammed for a different reason. (Obviously because everyone's trying to call at the same time and the network can't take the traffic.) Electricity has also been turned off at most of these stations, clearly for safety reasons. (Update: The latest death toll being reported is 135.)
Update 3: High-intensity explosives have been used for these attacks; some of the railway carriages have been ripped apart. This is clearly no amateur job, but a well-planned operation by a group with plenty of resources.
Update 4: A post on Mumbai Help, "How can we help you?" has effectively become a forum where you can ask for information or help in reaching friends etc. Feel free to post a message there if you need something, loads of different bloggers are monitoring that post, and will try to help out.
Update 5: LK Advani and Gopinath Munde of the BJP have appeared on news channels to condemn the central and state governments respectively. You'd expect the politicians to try and take advantage, but I hope -- like most Mumbaikars, I'm sure -- that the Shiv Sena doesn't get involved. It must be tempting for them to assert themselves by setting off a communal conflagaration. That would be a far worse disaster than these blasts. Mumbai needs to hold together now.
Update 6: Gaurav Sabnis has a timeline of the media coverage here. Also, more coverage on Sepia Mutiny and Ultrabrown.
Cross-posted from India Uncut.
1. Khar / Santacruz
2. Bhayandar / Mira Road
3. Just before Borivili
The trains have been stopped. Phone lines and mobile lines (as usual) are down. If you're in Mumbai, wherever you are, I'd suggest you stay where you are till things calm down. When I started writing this post, there were 5 blasts reported. Now they're 7. Once again, stay put. Stay calm.
Telephone lines are jammed - i was lucky to be able use SkypeOut to make calls to family.