What did people eat immediately after the atomic bombing? How did they survive?
People in towns and villages around Hiroshima knew that the people of Hiroshima had suffered a terrible disaster due to the atomic bombing. Therefore, they cooked and sent in thousands of rice balls and other foods.

In the Relief and Rescue Activities exhibit in the Main Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a wooden box is displayed that was used to carry 150 rice balls at a time into Hiroshima City from Miyauchi Village, Saeki-gun. Please come to the Peace Memorial Museum and see this exhibit.

Thousands of injured people were taken into relief stations here and there around the city, but these stations quickly ran out of medical supplies. Despite frantic efforts by those working to save them, most of the injured died.

Thousands of people came into Hiroshima after the bombing and walked around from one relief station to the next searching for family and friends. Even though they were not directly bombed, many of those who came into the center of the city immediately after the bombing were exposed to harmful radiation.

Many people lived in shacks that they built themselves from any usable tin or boards or cloth they found where their burned houses had stood. Others lived in burnt-out shells of buildings or in broken down air-raid shelters.

For more detail, please look at the following books:

Material regarding the lives of the people immediately after the atomic bombing
- The Spirit of Hiroshima, published by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1999