Emergency Relief Activity of AMDA Bangladesh in response to the capsized ferry in Maghna River
In the middle of the Meghna River in Gazaria Upazila, located around 30 km away from Dhaka, a ferry carrying about 300 passengers capsized and sank because of strong winds on May 15th. Around 40 people could manage to swim and survive, at least 54 bodies were retrieved by May 17th and more than 100 people are still missing
Responding to this accident, AMDA Bangladesh and Japan Bangladesh FriendshipˇˇHospital (JBFH) immediately formed their joint Emergency Medical Response Teamˇˇ(EMRT) consisting of medical doctors, nurses, a paramedic, a health assistant and coordinators.
The medical relief activities was carried out in the night on 15th May and continued until next morning. During the emergency mission, the joint EMRT provided emergency medical support, necessary treatments and counseling for the survivors who were injured, drown and mentally unstable. They also contributed mental support for the families and relatives who were suffering from psychological distress caused when they were waiting for the lengthy rescue operation for the victims. The medical relief operation by EMRT was ended by the afternoon on 16th May 2014. Through this operation, the EMRT found the importance of organized rescue system/team in order to save more lives.