• Short Summary

    NINETY HELICOPTERS TO THE WEST GERMAN LUFTWAFFE AND THE U.S.AIR FORCE FLEW UNINTERRUPTED THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY?

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    NINETY HELICOPTERS TO THE WEST GERMAN LUFTWAFFE AND THE U.S.AIR FORCE FLEW UNINTERRUPTED THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY 19, AND BRITISH TROOPS IN AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES ASSISTED MILITARY AND CIVIL PERSONNEL IN A ROUND-THE-CLOCK INTERNATIONAL MERCY MISSION WHICH BEGAN TWO DAYS PREVIOUSLY WHEN LARGE AREAS OF HAMBURG, GERMANY WERE DISASTROUSLY FLOODED DURING SEVERE STORMS WHICH SWEPT OVER NORTHERN EUROPE.

    STADE, A TOWN SOME 25-MILES DOWNSTREAM FROM HAMBURG, HAS SUFFERED WORSE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN LOWER SAXONY.SOME OF THE BIGGEST BREAKS IN THE DUKES TOOK PLACES HERE, AND MEN OF THE BUNDESWEHR AND THE BRITISH ARMY OF THE RHINE HAVE BEEN WORKING CONTINUOUSLY, WITHOUT SLEEP, SINCE FEB.17 TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE.

    THE MASSIVE HELICOPTER RESCUE OPERATION WAS PLANNED TO GO ON ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT OF FEB.19 IN ATTEMPTS TO SAVE THE STILL STRANDED FLOOD VICTIMS DYING FROM EXPOSURE.AT NIGHTFALL, AN ESTIMATED 20,000 FACED THEIR THIRD SUCCESSIVE NIGHT ON ROOF-TOPS OR HIGH GROUND.MANY ARE STILL IN THE NIGHTCLOTHES THEY WORE WHEN THE DELUGE SWEPT THROUGH THE CITY IN THE NIGHT OF FEB.16-17.AS THE OFFICIAL DEATH ROLL IN HAMBURG ROSE TO 208, THE AUTHORITIES ORDERED THAT THE RESCUE OF STRANDED PEOPLE MUST TAKE PRIORITY OVER THE RECOVERY OF BODIES.THEY FEAR THAT THE STILL PARTIALLY FLOODED STREETS OF THE PORT MAY YIELD 200-300 MORE BODIES AS RESCUE OPERATIONS PROCEED.

    EARLIER FEB.19 A THREE-DAY PERIOD OF OFFICIAL MOURNING FOR THE VICTIMS OF GERMANY'S WORST FLOOD DISASTER IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED BY THE STATES OF HAMBURG, BREMEN, AND LOWER SAXONY,THE WORST HIT AREAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1L3374JJSJFA4UDO5X7UDOMM0
    Media URN:
    VLVA1L3374JJSJFA4UDO5X7UDOMM0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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