• Short Summary

    The United states Army has established a field hospital in the small town of Chimaltenango to treat some of the thousands of people injured in last week's disastrous earthquake in the Central American country of Guatemala.

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    The United states Army has established a field hospital in the small town of Chimaltenango to treat some of the thousands of people injured in last week's disastrous earthquake in the Central American country of Guatemala.

    The hospital is the only one with the facilities for major surgery, but so far only 53 people have been admitted, and 100 people treated and discharged. Most roads to the area are impassable and the limited number of aircraft are only able to transport a few people at once.

    New tremors continues to wrack the area and often hillsides collapse on to roads that have just been cleared. Landing strips for aircraft have been set up on some highways.

    On Tuesday (10 February) reports said that more than a million people, or twenty per cent of Guatemala's total population, lost their homes in the earthquake. And the known death toll has risen to 17,000 people with 54,000 people being treated for injuries. The true casualty figure may never be known.

    SYNOPSIS: Official estimates show that at least seventeen thousand people are known to have died in the earthquake which hit Guatemala last week. A further fifty-four thousand people are being treated for injuries. Hospital facilities are rare and the only one with facilities for major surgery in the badly hit country area has been established by the United States Army near Guatemala City. Don Harris of NBC News reports....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1GCWBAJYX0F26HA2JPWPKPY65
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GCWBAJYX0F26HA2JPWPKPY65
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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