In Yugoslavia, life is slowly returning to normal after the series of earthquakes on Sunday (15 April) which killed around 200 people and devastated homes and many other buildings in the Southern coastal region.
In Yugoslavia, life is slowly returning to normal after the series of earthquakes on Sunday (15 April) which killed around 200 people and devastated homes and many other buildings in the Southern coastal region. The quakes have destroyed most of the hotels in an area which depends on tourism, and officials say the overall damage in the country's worst-ever earthquake is disastrous.
SYNOPSIS: Scientists have said the first and most destructive quake struck with the force of a ten-megaton hydrogen bomb. road and rail links were cut in towns along the southern coast. The scene in the village of Zelenika is typical. Two days of raid and fog further hampered relief teams struggling to bring aid to victims.
Most buildings were destroyed in the first quake, which lasted for a minute. Seventy percent of houses in the coastal area have collapsed and eighty-thousand people throughout Yugoslavia are homeless.
Some harbour facilities have been almost demolished and merchant shipping has been badly hit. Fortunately, no-one was working here when the quake struck.
Port authority buildings, and heavy equipment, such as dockside cranes, suffered badly here in the port of Bjela. Since the first quakes, there have been four hundred after-shocks as the earth settles down again, but no further casualties have been reported. Large amounts of reliefs supplies -- tents, blankets and medical supplies -- are being flown in from abroad.
Huge sections of the coastline have disappeared into the sea including this stretch of the main Adriatic highway.