Smashed timber, fragments of glass and crushed furniture are all that remains of over 30 houses which disappeared into a subterranean river when a giant chasm ripped open the village of St.
Smashed timber, fragments of glass and crushed furniture are all that remains of over 30 houses which disappeared into a subterranean river when a giant chasm ripped open the village of St. Jean Vianney, about 115 miles (185 kms) north of Quebec city.
Five bodies have been recovered, but it is feared that the deat toll could soar to 30. More killer cave-ins are feared.
The village of 1,300 is empty now except for rescue workers, journalists, and sightseers. Most of the population has been evacuated to shelter centres in Kenogame and Jonquiere, and only residents of the older section of the village far away from the river valley remain. These pictures of aftermath activity are from the U.S. National Broadcasting Company.
Damage has been estimated at about one million dollars (GBP416,667 Sterling).
SYNOPSIS: This shot of a home being suddenly destroyed by the force of nature has been seen round the world, and has brought into the forefront of world news the tiny Canadian village of St. Jean Vianney, north of Quebec city. Survivors of Tuesday's earthslide which toppled 30 houses into a subterranean river in a giant chasm have been receiving help at an improvised relief centre.
But most of the population has now been evacuated outside the village to nearby Kenogame and Jonquiere. Only residents of the older section of the village far away from the river valley remain. In the deserted village, a vast crater which did not exist before Tuesday remains as a reminder of the tragedy. More houses and cars teeter on the brink of the crater, and more cave-ins are expected. Rain could start a massive flow of sludge down the newly-formed canyon.
The landslide began at about 11.30 in the evening, while many villagers were watching ice-hockey on television. Houses slipped one by one into the chasm. These are the luckier villagers, those able to gather their furniture and other valuables from houses not so badly affected. Other bungalows were swept down into the crater and smashed to bits. Damage at the village is estimated at about one million dollars, that's GBP416,667 Sterling.