Relief for the victims of last week's earthquake disaster in Guatemala is beginning to flow through to refugee camps set up to accommodate survivors of the tragedy.
GV Refugee Camp with people sitting around on ground
GV Refugees erecting makeshift dwellings and cooking (2 shots)
SV woman eating
SV and CU injured refugee on make-shift hospital beds using cardboard boxes to shelter from sun ( 4 shots )
SV Refugees queuing for water ( 2 shots )
SV PAN from ruined building to people sitting in gutter
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV cars and buildings tottering on edge of ravine
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Background: Relief for the victims of last week's earthquake disaster in Guatemala is beginning to flow through to refugee camps set up to accommodate survivors of the tragedy.
The estimated death toll caused by the earthquake is now more than ten thousand.
But even while the aid arrives, new major earth tremors are hampering the organisation of relief.
The new tremors are causing landslides and blocking roads, particularly in one of the worst his areas in the Guatemalan highlands. The destruction of roads has seriously hindered attempts to get food, water and much-needed medical supplies through to cities, towns and villages in the area.
Many large towns are now accessible only by helicopter.
The recent series of earth tremors has renewed the threat of an outbreak of disease as more people are killed and their bodies lie decomposing in the rubble-strewn streets and under the remains of destroyed buildings.
Meanwhile, survivors of the earthquakes are desperately short of food and fresh water. In many areas the sick and injured lie in makeshift hospitals while friends and relatives attempt to give them shelter from the blistering sun by using large sheets of tin and cardboard boxes.
Authorities say that such conditions will inevitably lead to an increase in the death toll.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the promised relief for survivors of the Guatemala earth-quake disaster has been to filter through to refugee camps. The camps were set up to provide assistance for the injured and those whose homes have been destroyed. For many families, the only shelter is makeshift dwellings such as these. Others are not so fortunate and are forced to live in the open.
Those who have reached the camps are being provided with food. For many it is the first time they have eaten for several days.
Doctors and relief workers are attempting to provide medical care for those suffering the worst injuries. But more recent earth tremors are preventing such aid from reaching many of the worst hit areas. The tremors have caused landslides and split open roads. Such destruction has prevented truckloads of badly-needed supplies from reaching some areas devastated by the earthquake. Many towns are accessible only by helicopter, but these can fly in just a fraction of the aid needed.
This camp was lucky enough to receive a shipment of fresh water but in many areas there is a serious shortage of both food and drinking water. Such shortages have resulted in many cased in severe dehydration and malnutrition.
Such conditions have produced the threat of epidemics. The threat has been magnified because of the new series of earth tremors. These have caused many more deaths and in villages throughout the high-landsdeath???lie decomposing in the streets or under the rubble of destroyed buildings. In such a situation, the death toll in one of the world's most horrific recent diasters is expected to climb even higher than the estimated ten thousand.