• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 24 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN A HUGE EMBANKMENT COLLAPSED SEPTEMBER 2 AND CRUSHED FIVE HOUSES IN A SUBURB OF SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA.

  • Description

    AT LEAST 24 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN A HUGE EMBANKMENT COLLAPSED SEPTEMBER 2 AND CRUSHED FIVE HOUSES IN A SUBURB OF SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA. THE 50 FT. - HIGH EMBANKMENT, WEAKENED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS, BURIED THE DWELLINGS UNDER TONS OF ROCK, SOIL AND CONCRETE AS IT CRUMBLED INTO A MINIATURE LANDSLIDE DURING THE NIGHT.

    THE VICTIMS, SEVERAL OF THEM WOMEN AND CHILDREN, DIED INSTANTLY UNDER THE FALL. THEIR BODIES WERE RECOVERED IN SLEEPING POSITIONS. SEVERAL OTHER RESIDENTS ESCAPED WITH INJURIES. RESCUERS WORKED NIGHT AND DAY AMONG THE DEBRIS. BULL-DOZERS AND CRANES WERE USED TO SHIFT THE RUBBLE BUT ALL BODIES WEREN'T RECOVERED UNTIL TWO DAYS LATER.

    TWO BUILDING SUB-CONTRACTORS WHO HANDLED CONSTRUCTION OF THE EMBANKMENT HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4OGQAEEWGPHICFW4XID4PLV0J
    Media URN:
    VLVA4OGQAEEWGPHICFW4XID4PLV0J
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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