The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned this Tuesday before the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombs that the United States dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II that “the threat is returning nuclear” because of a renewed arms race that could have “catastrophic consequences”.
“75 years ago, on the morning of August 6, 1945, a B-29 plane dropped a terrible new weapon on Hiroshima. The atomic bomb devastated the city and immediately killed about 70,000 people (…). Three days later, on August 9, devastated a second Nagasaki atomic bomb and claimed the immediate death of 39,000 people, “the ICRC recalled in a statement.
An estimated 340,000 people died in 1950 from the two atomic bombs, mainly from illnesses caused by ionizing radiation. “The ICRC and the Japanese Red Cross witnessed the suffering and devastation when their medical and humanitarian staff tried to help the dying and injured in almost impossible conditions,” he said.
Despite the lessons learned from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are currently an estimated more than 14,000 atomic bombs worldwide, “thousands of which can be dropped immediately” and “ten times more” than Japan.