The society distributed blood units to hospitals across the city minutes after the explosion took place on 17 February. Here volunteers are serving relatives of the victims waiting for news hot soup and tea. /TRCS
By Andreea Anca, IFRC
The Turkish Red Crescent Society – known nationally as Türk Kizilayi – sent hundreds of blood units to hospitals across Ankara just minutes after a powerful explosion injured dozens of people.
The latest explosion in the capital city of Turkey took place on 17 February at 18:31 local time (16:31 GMT), killing 30 people and injuring approximately 60 others.
The society delivered 461 blood units to the hospitals treating the wounded with an additional 2,500 units ready to be delivered upon request. Additional blood stocks from across the country are available for further distribution to hospitals in the city, as needed.
In addition, the Red Crescent deployed disaster response, communication and catering assistance in front of the Keçiören Forensic Medicine Institute where relatives were waiting for news of those being treated inside. Red Crescent volunteers served hot soup and tea, providing an additional 252 emergency food kits and 35 blankets to those waiting in front of the building.
The Disaster Management Department of the Turkish Red Crescent Society said it was monitoring the situation as it develops, tailoring the National Society response according to the ongoing needs.