• Short Summary

    IN MOROCCO'S WORST FLOODS FOR 35 YEARS, 30 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, AT LEAST 100 ARE MISSING, AND MORE THAN 50,000 BELIEVED TO BE HOMELESS.

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    IN MOROCCO'S WORST FLOODS FOR 35 YEARS, 30 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, AT LEAST 100 ARE MISSING, AND MORE THAN 50,000 BELIEVED TO BE HOMELESS.

    A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) FLEW OVER THE WASTES OF WATER COVERING MUCH OF NORTHERN MOROCCO AFTER THREE WEEKS OF TORRENTIAL RAIN.IN WIDE AREAS, ONLY THE TREE TOPS OF THE ORANGE GROVES ARE SHOWING ABOVE THE WATER WHICH STRETCHES FOR MILES.DAMAGE TO CROPS IS OFFICIALLY DESCRIBED AS "DISASTROUS".

    THE FLOOD WATERS ARE NOW THREATENING THE UNITED STATES NAVAL AIR BASE AT SIDI SLIMANE AND THE TOWN OF KENITRA.THE INDUSTRIAL QUARTER OF KENITRA IS FLOODED BUT ACCORDING TO THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, THE MOST CRITICAL PROBLEM IS THAT OF RELIEF FOR MAROONED TRIBESMEN IN OUTLYING AREAS.(HALF OF THE 16 CANISTERS OF DRINKING WATER, PARACHUTED BY ARMY AIRCRAFT ON WEDNESDAY, WERE LOST WHEN THEY FELL OUT OF REACH OF WAITING TRIBESMEN STANDING UP TO THEIR CHESTS IN THE FLOOD.)
    RELIEF OPERATIONS ARE HAMPERED BY BROKEN COMMUNICATIONS AND MORE BAD WEATHER.THE MAIN RABAT-TANGIER ROAD IS LARGELY UNDER WATER AND OTHER ROADS IN THE NORTH ARE COMPLETELY SUBMERGED.

    AMONG THE FLOOD VICTIMS ARE MANY CHILDREN AND OLD PEOPLE REPORTED DROWNED INT HE SUGAR BEET PRODUCING AREA AROUND SIDI SLIMANE AND THE OIL REFINING TOWN OF SIDI KACEM.TWO THIRDS OF THE LIVESTOCK IN THE AFFECTED REGION IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN LOST, AND THOUSANDS OF SNAKES AND SCORPIONS HAVE BEEN WASHED DOWN FROM THE HILLS BY THE RAGING FLOOD WATER.

    (AMERICAN AND MOROCCAN AIR FORCE HELICOPTERS HAVE PICKED FLOOD VICTIMS OFF ROOF TOPS WHERE THEY WERE SEEKING REFUGE FROM THE RISING WATER.PLANES HAVE DROPPED FOOD, CLOTHING AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1XT4YLXVW9QQ5JDIN1RLWCCU9
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XT4YLXVW9QQ5JDIN1RLWCCU9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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