The human face and caring heart of Kolkata once again came in the forefront when people stood in queues to donate blood for the hapless victims of the flyover tragedy.
The state run blood bank at Maniktala organised a blood donation camp where 170 people, mostly students donated blood. The blood was sent to the medical colleges where most of the victims were admitted. “I got a call from my friend and rushed to Maniktala blood bank to donate blood,” said Sreyashi Basu, a second year college student.
An NGO organised a blood donation camp on KIT Road where more than 100 people donated blood. “I thought it was my duty to donate blood for the victims. I got the information from my friend and immediately went to the camp,” said Nirmalya Chatterjee whose blood group is B( negative).
It may be recalled that Dr Apurb Ghosh of Voluntary Blood Donors’ Forum had requested the chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta to allow holding of blood donation camps as most of the blood banks were facing acute shortage of blood. The Election Commission has imposed a ban on holding of blood donation camps by political parties since the dates of election were announced.
Another NGO went to the site with its ambulance to rescue stray dogs that got trapped under the girder. The carcasses of some dogs were recovered. Susmita Roy, a spokesperson for the organisation said as most of the rescue workers would ignore the stray dogs that might get trapped under the girder, she along with some of the workers had come to rescue them.