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Republic of Congo Explosion

Background

In the early-morning hours on Sunday, March 4, 2012, multiple explosions began on the edge of the capital city of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

Because of an electrical fire, the largest arms depot in Congo exploded -- killing more than 250 and leaving 2500 injured -- many with second and third degree burns.

The devastating explosions destroyed a large part of the capital and damaged the neighboring city of Kinshasa -- situated almost six miles across the river.

In an instant, Brazzaville was leveled and more than 14,000 residents were left homeless.

 

Action

Bridge Foundation sent an emergency shipment of supplies designed to treat victims of the disaster along with staff to oversee distribution. Supplies included bandages; casting material, burn cream, IV solutions, antibiotics and anesthetics. The cargo was approximately 25,000 pounds of supplies.

By utilizing existing contacts with a local multi-national construction company, Bridge Foundation was able to ascertain the situation and respond immediately. Our local partners assisted with customs clearance, Ministry of Health approvals and in-country logistics.

Results

It was a win-win for everyone. The supplies shipped were essential to those that survived this unprecedented disaster. Bridge Foundation was able to cut through the usual red tape and received immediate approval of our supplies. With our extensive experience in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the approval process was well known.

Upon arrival into Brazzaville's Maya-Maya Airport, the supplies were immediately taken to the main University Hospital treating survivors.

The Bridge Foundation group was met by the Minister of Health nd the Chief in Cabinet to the President to receive the supplies. Bridge staff remained to secure the inventory and ensure distribution to smaller regional clinics in and around the blast site.

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