There weren't enough relief stations, rescuers, or medicines.
In an instant, the atomic bomb destroyed the center
of Hiroshima City. With the Prefectural Government Building, City Hall,
police stations, and all other public facilities wiped out, the city
was in complete confusion.
Starting right after the bombing, however, army units from the
south that had only suffered slight damage and other volunteers began
efforts to rescue and relieve the bombing victims.
Hospitals and schools that had escaped the fires were turned into
temporary relief stations, and many sufferers came every day for treatment.
This continued even after the war ended. However, medical supplies grew
even more scarce. Adequate care could not be provided to the victims.
Dr. Marcel Junod, chief representative to Japan of the Red Cross
International Committee, arranged to send medical supplies on a massive
scale. His efforts enabled treatment to continue.