Damage from the Atomic Bombing

B-8 Rescue and Relief Activities

The atomic bomb dealt a destructive blow to the designated medical and relief organizations. The surviving doctors and nurses began relief activities but because equipment and medicine was scarce, they were unable to conduct sufficient emergency treatment. A rescue train ran in the midst of the chaos. It advanced through the blazing flames towards the hypocenter and although it stopped partway, it carried many casualties to hospitals along the railroad. Rescue teams from places such as navy hospitals on the outskirts of town arrived in Nagasaki in the evening and rescue teams which were formed mainly from civil defense units of the towns and villages of the prefecture arrived at night.

“Atomic Bomb Victims Rescue Train” Painting by Kunihito Terai