Earlier in the day we heard of 5 bomb blasts in Srinagar, but a little over an hour ago, there were 6 bomb blasts on the Western Railway in Mumbai. The situation is chaotic as we dont really know the full details yet and since all the phone lines are jammed (including cell phones), this is a heads-up to say 'am ok.
Landlines and cells are jammed with no network coverage which is really stupid and short-sighted as it prevents people from informing friends and family that they are alive or get help or contact anyone who can atleast get help to them or know the status of their friends. Seemingly its been done to prevent rumours from spreading...get real, this is not disaster management, rather its compounding the difficulties by creating more stress and chaos in an already desperate and disastrous situation.
Update : The horrific synchronised terror attack has claimed 147
innocent people and hundreds more
injured. The situation at each of the 8 sites where the bomb blasts occured
is chaotic but the exact figures would definitely be higher. In 2003, I was
plain lucky to have left the blast area five minutes before it happened and yet
hearing about the blast did send a chill down my spine.
The railways is the lifeline of the city with 7 million people using it as basic means of transportation. Now that the trains have stopped plying people are walking along the roads to reach home but all major roads are jammed with traffic.