London's biggest explosion
|The rescue effort|
Local rescue efforts
Hundreds of ordinary people searched through the rubble for survivors and provided shelter for the thousands of homeless people. By the following evening 600 people were being housed temporarily at centres such as churches, boys clubs and the local Seamen's Mission.
The Explosion Emergency Committee
The committee offered help with:
Relief and assistance
Efforts were also made to tell everyone in the area that they could apply for aid. They were also told that compensation claims could be made against the Ministry of Munitions. The government eventually paid out about £3m in compensation. That is the equivalent of about £40m in today's money.
On the same day, the London newspapers announced:
'The Ministry of Munitions regrets to announce that an explosion occurred last evening at a munitions factory in the vicinity of London. It is feared that the explosion was attended by considerable loss of life and damage to property.'
In fact, 69 people lost their lives in the immediate blast and a further four died shortly afterwards from their injuries.
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