• Short Summary

    Red Cross authorities estimate that at least five hundred people were killed, three thousand injured and seventeen thousand rendered homeless during an April 24 earthquake that wrecked the town of Lar, Southern Persia.

  • Description

    Red Cross authorities estimate that at least five hundred people were killed, three thousand injured and seventeen thousand rendered homeless during an April 24 earthquake that wrecked the town of Lar, Southern Persia.

    Reports state that Lar is even more completely ruined than the Moroccan town of Agadir in which 12,000 people died. Not a single wall remains intact, and survivors are living in the fields in a village of tents dropped by rescue aircraft.

    American and Persian air force planes are using an improvised desert landing strip to fly desperately needed medical equipment, food, water and clothing in, and take refugees out to Shiraz, the nearest Persian city with amenities to deal with their needs.

    Officials have asked for more troops to cordon off the area and prevent looting. Refugees fought amongst themselves April 28 when a fresh batch of tents arrived.

    Medical teams are working against time to vaccinate about 4,000 refugees against typhoid to prevent a possible epidemic. Rescuers were hampered April 28 by a severe earth tremor, but no further casualties were reported. Tremors continued throughout the day and a cloud of dust was seen to rise from a neighbouring mountain, apparently cracked by shocks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA264QPDETBGWBO77W5BSUJSVLV
    Media URN:
    VLVA264QPDETBGWBO77W5BSUJSVLV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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