The central Shandong transport hub of Zibo has mobilised all its available resources to cope with yesterday's train crash, in which at least 70 people died and around 420 were injured. The city of 4 million people deployed staff from 19 hospitals and 34 repatriation shelters, and sent 130 ambulances to handle the dead and injured, while authorities in neighbouring cities sent 1,200 armed police and 700 soldiers to help Zibo emergency workers at the scene, according to Xinhua. Zibo has also arranged for about 1,500 officials to form three-person teams to help families find accommodation and care for passengers involved in the crash. The hundreds of victims and their relatives would be housed in nine hotels, repatriation centres and train stations in the city, and provincial foreign affairs officials would handle the welfare of injured foreign nationals. Witnesses said the crash site and neighbouring villages had been sealed off and there was a constant stream of ambulances and police vehicles going to and from the area. A worker at the No148 People's Liberation Army Hospital in Zibo said a final casualty number was not available. 'We are too busy taking care of the injured patients now. About 80 patients have been transferred to our hospital, and more than 10 of them were severely injured,' he said. 'Operations were being performed on some of them, so an accurate number is still not known. We received calls from hospital leaders at 5am and now all of the doctors and nurses have been mobilised to work.' A doctor at the Zhoucun District People's Hospital said the medical facility was facing its biggest challenge ever. 'All nurses and doctors have been on standby to tend to the injured,' he said. 'I have no idea how many people have been sent here. 'We don't have enough staff. Some seriously injured have to be moved to other bigger hospitals.' The doctor said scheduled operations were postponed city-wide because of the emergency. Residents have also been called on to donate blood, and the demand is so great that a female employee at the Zhoucun district blood centre went out into the street and appealed to passers-by for donations. 'We need a lot of blood to help those in the crash. Please come and show your concern, Zibo people,' she said. University students and netizens flocked to the blood centre near the Jindi Shopping Centre in the centre of the city after hearing about the emergency from the internet and other media. 'The number of volunteer blood donors is double or triple the usual,' a blood centre worker said. 'The number will definitely increase at night. 'We have been told by our boss to cancel our holidays for a while.' Zibo, a manufacturing centre for bricks and roof tiles, sits at the intersection of the province's major east-west rail line and the Shandong provincial highway.