• Short Summary

    IN HAMBURG, MAY 7, DEMOLITION GANGS WERE CARRYING ON THE WORK OF DESTRUCTION STARTED LAST FEBRUARY BY A FLOOD DISASTER THAT COST 320 LIVES.

  • Description

    IN HAMBURG, MAY 7, DEMOLITION GANGS WERE CARRYING ON THE WORK OF DESTRUCTION STARTED LAST FEBRUARY BY A FLOOD DISASTER THAT COST 320 LIVES.

    LOW-LYING ALLOTMENT AND SMALL-ESTATE AREAS BY THE RIVER ELBE, DEVASTATED BY THE RISING WATERS ON FEBRUARY 19, ARE NOW BEING LAID WASTE. BULLDOZERS ARE KNOCKING DOWN FRUIT TREES AND SHRUBS AS WELL AS THE TUMBLE-DOWN REMAINS OF SHACKS, LIGHT TIMBER BUILDINGS AND SMALL BUNGALOWS. ALL WOOD IS DESTROYED BY FIRE, THE FLAMES BEING NOURISHED BY A LIBERAL APPLICATION OF PETROL AND PARAFFIN.

    DEMOLITION IS WATCHED BY SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES BY THE DISASTER. MANY OF THEM CAME TO SALVAGE A FEW LAST BELONGINGS BEFORE THEIR PROPERTY WAS RAZED TO THE GROUND; OTHERS DID NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH TO FACE THE SCENE OF DESTRUCTION.

    LEVELLING WORK IS CARRIED OUT BY A NUMBER OF FIRMS FOLLOWING A DECISION BY CITY SENATE WHO DECLARED THE AREAS UNFIT FOR LIVING AND ORDERED ALL COMBUSTIBLES TO BE BURNT TO GUARD AGAINST THE DANGER OF AN EPIDEMIC. IT WILL BE SOME WEEKS BEFORE THE SAD TASK IS COMPLETED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1AL86PJPPLYBX5XT3VL7A2PAQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1AL86PJPPLYBX5XT3VL7A2PAQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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