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Train crash sparks solidarity across Santiago de Compostela

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Train crash sparks solidarity across Santiago de Compostela


There have been overwhelming displays of solidarity across Santiago de Compostela.

Hotels have organised free rooms for crash victim relatives and local hospitals have been overwhelmed with people coming forward to give blood.

Our correspondent Filipa Soares says: “This should be a day of celebration for Galicians, but it’s a day of mourning after last night’s train crash.”

“The local business centre, the Cersia building, is now a makeshift emergency information centre and one can feel the sorrow of the families seeking news about their loved ones. Most here cannot express how they feel about what’s happened.”

“But these people can count with a huge wave of support. Last night, several Galicians went to the city hospital to give blood. There was even a call for them to go to other hospitals as Santiago’s central clinic to deal with so many donors. There are also volunteers elsewhere – catering firms are distributing food and giving assistance to families.

Some are still waiting to identify their relatives and loved ones. Galicia will need its solidarity as it tries to come to terms with this tragedy.”

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