Rescue and Relief Activities

The atomic bombing inflicted a crushing blow on Nagasaki's existing medical treatment system. The surviving doctors and nurses began relief activities, but the lack of equipment and supplies made it impossible to provide even first-aid. Relief trains meanwhile traveled into the still-burning neighborhoods near the hypocenter and carried victims to hospitals in nearby towns. A naval hospital relief team entered the city in the evening, and during the night rescue teams comprised mainly of volunteer guard and fire-fighting brigades from the neighboring towns arrived to assist the victims.

 

Makeshift hospital at Shinkozen Primary School

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This school served as Nagasaki's leading relief station and provided shelter for a large number of people injured in the atomic bombing. The victims died one after another, suffering from the then unknown symptoms unique to atomic bomb disease.

( Photograph by Yasuo Tomishige )

 

A child cries while receiving treatment for burn

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(makeshift hospital at Shinkozen Primary School)

( Photograph by Yasuo Tomishige )

 

Relief work at a makeshift hospital converted from an elementary school

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(makeshift hospital at Shinkozen Primary School)

 

Emergency relief station

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(makeshift hospital at Shinkozen Primary School)

This scene depicts the memory of the situation at an emergency relief station at Nameshi, some 4 km from the hypocenter.