Villages in northern Italy and Yugoslavia have been totally destroyed during recent earth tremors, making thousands homeless.
Villages in northern Italy and Yugoslavia have been totally destroyed during recent earth tremors, making thousands homeless. In Italy, many people from the Friuli region have fled to the Italian Adriatic coast in search of safety.
SYNOPSIS: People from the earthquake areas are being offered temporary accommodation in hotels along the Adriatic. About 8,000 have already reported to local officials at the seaside village of Lignano Sabbiadoro. For many it was an improvement on the tents and caravans that they have become used to since a major 'quake hit Friuli in May this year. Officials said that buildings had been repaired since the May disaster but had been brought down by last Saturday's (11 September) tremors. Villagers said they could not face another rebuilding programme.
The evacuees have left behind vast areas of land that have been devastated. The Italian village of Gemona was almost destroyed by the tremors, and only a few people are still living there. The possibility of more tremors and worsening weather conditions has driven many to the Asriatic hotels.
The Italian government is providing food for the homeless in the rented hotels, boarding houses and apartments. There have been complaints from some evacuees that the government's relief efforts have ben delayed by bureaucracy, and have been largely ineffective. But regional officials said it was almost impossible to start rehousing work doe the homeless while the tremors continued.
The 'quakes have also caused widespread damage in neighbouring northern Yugoslavia. Officials said only 16 buildings out of the 390 in the villages of Breginj, Podbela and Sedlo could be repaired. The tremors centred on Italy's Friuli area, but the shock waves were felt throughout the Yugoslav north. There were no reports of casualties though. People were forced out into the open as their houses collapsed. Civil defence forces moved into the area the tents and food for the homeless. Nearly 1,000 people died in May's 'quake and about 100,000 others were left homeless. The last four and a half months have been punctuated with sporadic tremors.