• Short Summary

    Disaster-stricken Argentine, awash with flood waters, was filmed again recently by VISNEWS as Navy DC4's relief planes flew out to drop food parcels and medical supplies to many thousands made homeless.

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    Disaster-stricken Argentine, awash with flood waters, was filmed again recently by VISNEWS as Navy DC4's relief planes flew out to drop food parcels and medical supplies to many thousands made homeless.

    Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil are also stricken by widespread flooding. 14 days of torrential rain and gale force winds are forcing the Plate, Uruguay and many small tributary rivers over their banks. The Uruguay is well above normal and Concordia, Argentine, has been badly hit. The rising Plate River brought Buenos Aires port to a standstill, prevented ships entering and trapped the nineteen in the harbour.

    Typhoid inoculation teams throughout the four countries are working at top speed in the wake of the floods.

    Snakes, washed into towns and villages, are threat to life. Snake bite serum is being rushed to many places.

    In San Fernando, suburb of Buenos Aires, the flood waters are receding. Animals and humans share rooftops.

    Estimates of the number made homeless throughout South America range from 50,000 to half a million. Damage to houses, crops and livestock is at the GBP36 million sterling level in Uruguay alone.

    While in the flooded areas of Buenos Aires the waters are slowly subsiding, the situation turns more and more critical in some parts of the interior, especially in Concordia and other districts of the province of Entre Rios, as the Uruguay and Parana rivers in their upper reaches have attained unprecedented heights. The Uruguay river grew to a record level of 17 metres above the usual markings.

    In Concordia, nearly three quarters of the city was under water. Gualeguay has also been turned into a little Venice.

    A Navy-DC4 flies over the flooded cities, dropping parcels with food and clothes.

    Thousands of head of cattle, sheep and poultry were drowned.

    Zarate, in the province of Buenos Aires, was also flooded. The inhabitants were evacuated in all kinds of vehicles.

    The port of Zarate, under unstopping rain.

    The Argentine Government sends a plane to Uruguay with a large cargo of foodstuff and medicines.

    In San Fernando, a suburb of Buenos Aires, the waters are decreasing very slowly, and people, as well as sheep and hens are still on the roofs...

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5I56PSK40HBPHQJX17KXPE8SE
    Media URN:
    VLVA5I56PSK40HBPHQJX17KXPE8SE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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