• Short Summary

    THE PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, MR. SULEYMAN DEMIREL, IS TO ASK HIS CABINET TO CONSIDER?

  • Description

    THE PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, MR. SULEYMAN DEMIREL, IS TO ASK HIS CABINET TO CONSIDER RAISING A SPECIAL TAX ON PETROL, OIL AND CIGARETTES TO HELP MEET THE COST OF FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE. ALREADY EMERGENCY FUNDS TOTALLING ABOUT GBP1,285,000 STERLING HAVE BEEN SPENT TO FEED AND HOUSE THE THOUSANDS LEFT HOMELESS BY THE EARTHQUAKE, WHICH SHOOK EASTERN TURKEY, TAKING A TOTAL OF 2,242 LIVES AND COMPLETELY DEVASTATING THE TOWN OF VARTO.

    BODIES ARE STILL BEING DRAGGED FROM THE RUINS OF THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF EASTER TURKEY LEVELLED BY THE EARTHQUAKE, WHILE THE WORK OF SUCCOURING THE LIVING GOES ON ALSO. OFFICIALS, WHO NEED 350 TONS OF FOOD EVERY DAY TO FEED THE HOMELESS, ARE URGENTLY DISTRIBUTING TENTS AND BLANKETS - BUT 850 FAMILIES ARE STILL SLEEPING IN THE OPEN.

    VARTO - THE TOWN MOST SEVERELY HIT - WAS SHAKEN BY ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), BUT CAUSED NO FURTHER DAMAGE IN THE ALREADY SHATTERED TOWN, WHERE A TOTAL OF 2,241 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. INTERNATIONAL AID IS CONTINUING TO POUR INTO THE AREA - INCLUDING SHOVELS TO DIG OUT THE DEAD. THE BIGGEST THREAT TO VARTO NOW IS THE POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF A TYPHOID EPIDEMIC, WITH THE BREAKDOWN OF SANITARY SYSTEMS AND THE ARRIVAL OF HUGE SWARMS OF FLIES.

    THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT, IN ADDITION TO THE INTERNATIONAL AID, HAS ALLOCATED MORE THAN GBP14,000,000 STERLING FOR THE EARTHQUAKE AREA. ALL OPERATION IN THE DISASTER ZONE, INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SUPPLIES, ARE BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE TURKISH ARMY. INTERNATIONAL AID HAS INCLUDED MEDICAL, FOOD AND CLOTHING SUPPLIES AS WELL AS MONEY. POPE PAUL, HEAD OF ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND U THANT, THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL, HAVE BOTH MADE LARGE PERSONAL DONATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5CMXMBLV5MVDT8MOGPLNS3999
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CMXMBLV5MVDT8MOGPLNS3999
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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