Mogadishu/Nairobi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have been responding to urgent needs following Saturday’s explosion in Mogadishu. Two days on, the death toll continues to rise as bodies under the ruble are discovered.
In the past 48 hours, official sources confirm the deaths of 276 people, while over 284 survivors have been admitted to Keysaney, Medina, Daru Alshifa, Mogadishu City, Somali Sudanese and Kalkaal hospitals. The wounded are receiving treatment for the serious injuries they have sustained.
As the death toll rises with bodies pulled slowly from beneath the rubble, some of the bodies recovered are charred beyond recognition.
“Our energy is geared towards supporting relief operations on the ground. First aiders, medical staff and volunteers continue to ramp up their efforts, supporting operations for those who have survived and providing body bags to ensure the dead are buried in dignity,” said Daniel Gerard O’Malley, ICRC’s Deputy Head of Delegation currently in Mogadishu.