INTRODUCTION: The Rumanian earthquake, and relief supplies from abroad have begun to arrive for the victims of last Friday (4 March) disaster in which thousands of people are feared to have died.
GV EXT PAN Workmen clearing rubble in Bucharest
MV Earthmover moving rubble as troops use hand shovels (2 shots)
MV Dead body carried away on stretcher
GV PAN Woman and child outside wrecked home
CU Woman crying
MVs INT People in hospital beds (3 shots)
GV EXT American Air Force plane taxiing
CU Military airlift command emblem
MV Relief parcels unloaded from plane
MV President Ceausescu walking with crowds in streets (3 shots)
MV People gathering belongings on park benches
MV INT Woman puts child to bed (2 shots)
MV Body lying in coffin as people stack up coffins (2 shots)
MVs PAN Women crying around dead body
MV Army officer helped up from hole in ground (3 shots)
MV Woman helped out from rubble (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Throughout Rumania today there continued the long painful search through rubble for more dead. The search, too, for any who may be alive, miraculously. Most often it's the dead who are found. Though damage to small villages in the countryside is not as severe as in Bucharest it is devastating enough to those who live there. The badly injured continue to arrive in hospitals which though under great pressure seem to be able to cope, except that more medical supplies are needed. The first of those supplies to arrive from outside the country came in today, and abroad an American military transport plane. More medical supplies are expected soon from other countries. President Ceausescu toured the country today, including Ploiesti where a major chemical fertiliser plant was heavily damaged. He was warmly received by plant employees. Finding places for the homeless is another major problem. School and university dormitories are being used as shelters for many of them. They may be here for weeks. This was the first day for burial of the dead -- not many yet, because some have been difficult to identify. This Woman lived, but lost all: mother, father, husband and child, to be buried together after a brief service in the cemetery chapel, where empty coffins are stacked against the walls. In Bucharest, where most died, a number of people are known to be buried alive beneath the rubble. Moans and soft cries have been heard and dogs have been used to find them. Her, deep in this hole, a woman was known to be alive. She was found hours before. Water was fed down to her, but it seemed impossible to rescue her. Finally, she was gotten out alive, one of the more fortunate ones, if she continues to live. Paul Cunningham, NBC, Bucharest."
According to an official count on Sunday (6 March) about 600 bodies had been found. But a Rumanian source quoted by Reuter said later that figures of 750 dead and 5,000 injured would be a "gross understatement". The earthquake also killed at least 330 people in neighbouring Bulgaria, according to official figures issued in Sofia and quoted by the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug.
REPORTER: PAUL CUNNINGHAM
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Rumanian earthquake, and relief supplies from abroad have begun to arrive for the victims of last Friday (4 March) disaster in which thousands of people are feared to have died. Rumania had appealed to the United States, Britain, France and West Germany for a wide range of medical supplies including mobile operating theatres. The Swiss government has provided a team of "sniffer" dogs to help the army of rescue workers sifting through the rubble of shattered buildings. The earthquake, felt over a huge area of Europe, measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and caused destruction in six Rumanian counties. Here's a report on the scene in Bucharest on Monday (7 March).