"We still don't have exact numbers for dead, wounded and missing but we are concentrating on providing emergency assistance to survivors," said Patrick Bawa, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Red Cross.
In addition to the dead and missing, the disaster left as many as 15,000 people homeless after the barracks near the depot were damaged by the blasts, according to the Federation.
In addition to searching for the missing, the Nigerian Red Cross
is assisting the area's hospitals, which are overwhelmed with the injured.The Red Cross
has set up a clinic at the military facility, where trained medical volunteers are providing first aid.Other volunteers are providing psychological assistance to those traumatized by the event.
Meanwhile, survivors of missing loved ones continue to hope for the best."I've been searching everywhere for my wife and two children since daybreak," one man told CNN
, "I don't know if they are still alive or if they are among the dead bodies already taken away."