• Short Summary

    Eight thousand people were made homeless when a disastrous fire in the early hours of Jan 16 gutted a large squatter area in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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    Eight thousand people were made homeless when a disastrous fire in the early hours of Jan 16 gutted a large squatter area in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

    Early estimates said about six people, including two children, were feared killed and ten injured in the fire which started in a ramshackle hut used for making rubber shoes. The flames, fanned by strong winds, spread over the whole valley, completely gutting the 1,000 huts occupied by squatters, mostly refugees from the Chinese People's Republic.

    Immediately after the fire - Hong Kong's biggest in the last eight years - the Social Welfare Department and other welfare associations began registration of the victims and distribution of food and blankets. From the early morning hours the fire victims streamed into the reception ground with whatever belongings they could salvage. Mat-sheds and temporary canopies were put up to give temporary shelter to the homeless thousands. Many of them moved in even as the scaffolding were just being erected and there was still no roof over their heads.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NXZV9QDQKN55O0PSDNM9FLT6
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NXZV9QDQKN55O0PSDNM9FLT6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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