Yet again, India’s economic powerhouse, Mumbai, is under attack. Three bombs went off on July 13, 2011 at about 7 pm in three crowded areas of Mumbai: two in the south of the city and one in the centre. In the south, the opera house area and the Zaveri Bazaar were targeted, while the third blast hit Dadar, in the centre of the city.
Mobile phone lines are jammed, and police authorities are encouraging people in need to follow the news and to use Twitter and social media. Mumbaikers are responding by also using these channels to spread news, information, phone numbers and to offer help.
Author Amithav Ghosh wrote this about the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks, and the words still ring true: “For if there is any one lesson to be learnt from the wave of terror attacks that has convulsed the globe over the last decade it is this: defeat or victory is not determined by the success of the strike itself. It is determined by the response.” Thanks to Syerah from MyBindi for posting this inspirational quote, and for inspiring me to use my blog to help.
Here are resources for news, information and help:
Mumbai Spreadsheet and Help Page
Check out the Mumbai Spreadsheet for an constantly updating list of phone numbers and locations of police, hospitals, blood banks, requests for help and and offers of help. Also includes lists of missing and injured.Contribute if you can!
A page of helpful numbers is posted here, Mumbai Help.
Use these # hashtags on Twitter to find and offer help:
Follow @Bloodaid to find out about blood banks
Follow live Twitter feed of Vikas Bajaj in Dadar.
Emergency numbers from OneIndia
Hospital helpline numbers:
Harkishandas (23855555 / 30095555)
Saifee (22 6757 0111)
For up-to-date news, check these online outlets:
Mid-Day’s list of dead and injured
BBC news and analysis
The Guardian live updates
Rediff on the Net live feed
NDTV video coverage
Wall Street Journal live blog
The Guardian has published a map of the blasts.