17/08/2017 - 17:38
Barcelona City Council has activated the Municipal Basic Emergency Plan for Multiple Victim Incidents after the massive crash this afternoon on Rambla de Barcelona. All emergency services have now been activated and the Coordination Centre is managing the emergency response.
The Barcelona Emergency Centre (CUESB) services have been moved to the site of the attack to assist the injured and others affected.
People are initially being asked to avoid going to Rambla de Barcelona and the area round Plaça de Catalunya. as well as making any journey round the city that is not essential. Likewise, everyone should avoid passing on unconfirmed information and just go by the official channels of Barcelona City Council, the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police) and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.
Turisme de Barcelona has offered accommodation to people who have come to the city for the day so probably don’t have anywhere to stay and cannot leave for some reason. This service will be coordinated with the Hotel Guild.
In mid-afternoon the Festa Major de Gràcia Foundation and the Gràcia District agreed to call off all the festive events planned for today, including the presentation of the decorated street awards, for which a new date will be fixed. Likewise, all the acts on the Music in the Parks programme and the Magic Fountain show on Montjuïc have been cancelled too.
This afternoon the public attractions such as Barcelona Zoo and the Tibidabo Amusement Park were also told to close.
Public transport affected
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has reported that Line 1(L1) trains are not stopping at the Univeristat and Pl Catalunya stations, while the Line 2 (L2) service is only operating from Sagrada Família to Badalona Pompeu Fabra. Line 3 (L3 ) is only running at both ends, from Maria Cristina to Pl Espanya and from Lesseps to Trinitat Nova, while Line 4 (L4) does not stop at Passeig de Gracia. As for the buses, there are major diversions on most lines in the terrorist attack perimeter set up by the police in the city centre and the Bus Turístic service has also been suspended.
Emergency Centre service activated
The Barcelona Emergency Centre (CUESB), which deals with any social emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, has activated its psychosocial service and is coordinating with other professional teams to provide support for victims, their families and other people affected.
The CUESB team is made up of psychologists, social workers and specialists in crisis care. Their tasks involve caring for people in serious social crises. They offer the psychological and social assistance that people affected need, as those people are sent to them by the various emergency services operating at the site of the emergency. At the moment, priority is being given to caring for people directly affected and relatives of the victims.
Accommodation for people affected
The Barcelona Hotels and Tourism Guild is offering alternative accommodation in the Eixample’s hotels to any tourists staying in the sealed-off area of the terrorist attack who cannot get back to their hotel. The Turisme de Barcelona call centre helpline (932 853 832) is also extending its hours to deal with requests for information.