Thousands of people living in the Eastern Algerian city of Constantine have had to be rehoused, because of a giant but slow-moving landslide which is undermining their homes.
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SV People past damaged building (2 shots)
SV Collapsed homes & rubble in road
SV People past damaged homes & searching wreckage (3 shots)
SV Women outside houses (3 shots)
SV Man & child sitting outside house
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SV Refugees load belongings onto lorry
SV Young boys
SV Woman cooking in roadway
SV Refugees in tent village
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Background: Thousands of people living in the Eastern Algerian city of Constantine have had to be rehoused, because of a giant but slow-moving landslide which is undermining their homes.
The landslide has caused no casualties - but has forced eight hundred people out of their houses.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Constantine in eastern Algeria where thousands of People are being forced out of their homes by a slow-moving landslide. The suburb of sabatier was declared a disaster zone two months ago after landslips occurred -- but the situation worsened suddenly this week after heavy rain. The slowly moving land is pulling buildings down -- undermining their foundations, crumbling their walls and ceilings.
Swift action by local authorities in Constantine has meant no casualties. Still, eight hundred families are being moved -- and the problem of housing them has become acute.
An appeal has bone to the international Red Cross to help provide relief for the area. More buildings are being destroyed each day -- and after each collapse house owners return to the rubble to search for belongings.
It's the very old who are suffering most. Many are having to leave the homes they've lived in for much of their lives.
The roadway shows evidence of the gradual slide.
The evacuation of refugees from this part of Constantine has been going on since the declaration of emergency two months ago. But now the whole process has been seeded-up following the heavy rain. Most belongings are being stored away, while the refugees themselves are housed in hastily requisitioned schools and garages. And a large number of refugees live in this tent village.