• Short Summary

    TORRENTIAL RAIN BEGAN FALLING IN HONGKONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ONLY HOURS AFTER INHABITANTS HAD BEGUN THE DESPAIRING TASK OF CLEANING UP AFTER THE WORST RAINSTORM EVER RECORDED IN THE COLONY.

  • Description

    TORRENTIAL RAIN BEGAN FALLING IN HONGKONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ONLY HOURS AFTER INHABITANTS HAD BEGUN THE DESPAIRING TASK OF CLEANING UP AFTER THE WORST RAINSTORM EVER RECORDED IN THE COLONY.

    MORE THAN EIGHTY PEOPLE ARE FEARED TO HAVE DIED IN THE FLOODING WHICH FOLLOWED SUNDAY'S TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR.

    TODAY'S RAIN (AN INCH -- 2.5C.M.S. -- IN 10 MINUTES) DESTROYED MUCH OF THE RECONSTRUCTION WORK STARTED AFTER THE WEEKEND FLOODING.

    AT LEAST SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MADE HOMELESS BY THE FLOODS AND RESULTING LANDSLIDES.

    THE DOWNFALL, WHICH STARTED ON SUNDAY, AND RESUMED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WAS THE HEAVIEST EVER RECORDED IN HONGKONG.

    DAMAGE TO PROPERTY IS EXPECTED TO RUN INTO MILLIONS OF HONGKONG DOLLARS (16 MILLION TO GBP1 STG.)
    TREES, MUD AND HEAVY BOULDERS WERE SWEPT ONTO ROADWAYS BY FLOODWATERS; HOUSES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND AGRICULTURAL LAND SCARRED.

    A NUMBER OF PEOPLE DIED WHEN THEY WERE BURIED IN LANDSLIDES WHICH SWEPT OVER THEIR HOMES. OTHERS DIED IN THE SWIRLING FLOODWATERS.

    CONDITIONS WERE MADE WORSE BY CUTS IN POWER, GAS AND WATER SUPPLIES.

    THE WORST HIT AREA WAS HONGKONG ISLAND, WHERE MOST OF THE COLONY'S FOUR MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN FRAIL HOUSES.

    BRITISH TROOPS ARE ASSISTING POLICE, FIREMEN AND AMBULANCE OFFICERS IN RESCUE OPERATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4Q1NBUDSD17O6KR6ZKRMIVS6Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Q1NBUDSD17O6KR6ZKRMIVS6Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1966
    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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