• Short Summary

    Heavy rain and new earth tremors on Monday (10 May) brought added misery to tens of thousands of homeless, and further hampered rescue work in northeast Italian villages wrecked by Thursday's (6 May) earthquake.

  • Description

    Heavy rain and new earth tremors on Monday (10 May) brought added misery to tens of thousands of homeless, and further hampered rescue work in northeast Italian villages wrecked by Thursday's (6 May) earthquake.

    Officials kept sharp watch for landslides as rain turned roads into rivers of mud, slowing rescuers clearing the rubble and dampening hopes of finding any more survivors under the debris.

    The humidity, following two days of high temperatures, also alarmed doctors who feared that disease might spread from unrecovered animal and human corpses rotting in the heat.

    Some 25,000 tents have been distributed to help shelter the estimated quarter of a million homeless, but there has again been criticism that poor coordination at the top had held up aid.

    So far, nearly 1,000 bodies have been recovered from the devastation left by the earthquake, but the final death toll is expected to be well over 1,500.

    More than 60,000 people have been inoculated against typhoid and authorities hope to treat another 40,000 daily.

    Urgent calls have gone out for more vaccine, plasma and, above all, disinfectant to sterilise corpses.

    SYNOPSIS: Nearly 1,000 bodies have so far been recovered from the rubble and debris caused by Thursday's earthquake which wrecked dozens of Italian villages. The death toll is expected to pass the 1,500 mark before all the victims are accounted for. The humidity, followed by two days of high temperatures, has alarmed doctors who fear that disease might spread from unrecovered animal and human corpses rotting in the heat.

    Some 25,000 tents have been distributed to help shelter the estimated quarter of a million homeless, but there has again been criticism that poor coordination at the top has held up aid. More than 60,000 people have been inoculated against typhoid but authorities hope to treat another 40,000 daily. Heavy rain and new earth tremors have brought added misery to tens of thousands of homeless and have further hampered rescue work. Officials are keeping a sharp watch for landslides after rain turned roads into rivers of mud, slowed rescuers clearing the rubble and dampened hopes of finding any more survivors under the debris.

    Urgent calls have gone out for more food, vaccine, plasma, and above all, disinfectant to sterilise corpses. Government officials have appealed for contributions for the victims but asked for goods rather than cash. The have urged people to donate aid through recognised channels.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5W3QRLPM4UDMTGVN56LOSX5KJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5W3QRLPM4UDMTGVN56LOSX5KJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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