• Short Summary

    VICTIMS OF AN AVALANCHE OF MUD AND WATER WHICH SWEPT THROUGH MENDOZA CITY, IN ARGENTINA, ON SUNDAY (4 JANUARY) WERE GIVEN FUNERALS MENDOZA CITY, IN ARGENTINA, ON SUNDAY (4 JANUARY) WERE GIVEN FUNERALS ON TUESDAY (6 JANUARY) AS THE TOWN DUG OUT OF THE RUBBLE.

  • Description

    VICTIMS OF AN AVALANCHE OF MUD AND WATER WHICH SWEPT THROUGH MENDOZA CITY, IN ARGENTINA, ON SUNDAY (4 JANUARY) WERE GIVEN FUNERALS MENDOZA CITY, IN ARGENTINA, ON SUNDAY (4 JANUARY) WERE GIVEN FUNERALS ON TUESDAY (6 JANUARY) AS THE TOWN DUG OUT OF THE RUBBLE. IN ALL, AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE DIED IN THE ANDEAN FOOTHILL TOWN 600 MILES (960 KMS) WEST OF BUENOS AIRES. SCORES MORE ARE MISSING AND AN UNKNOWN NUMBER MADE HOMELESS.

    THE PARDO DAM ON THE MENDOZA RIVER BURST FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED RAINFALL IN THE ANDES WHICH FILLED THE LAKE FORMED BE THE STRUCTURE BEYOND CAPACITY. THE 82-FOOT-HIGH (25 M.) DAM GAVE WAY UNDER THE PRESSURE. THE WATER ROARED 16 MILES (25 KMS) DOWN A VALLEY AND INTO THE DEFENSELESS CITY.

    HARDEST HIT WERE THE SHANTY TOWNS ON THE CITY'S OUTSKIRTS AND AN ESTIMATED 1,000 PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS. WATER AND MUD HIT HOMES, STORES AND FACTORIES, SEVERING ELECTRIC POWER AND LEAVING MENDOZA'S 250,000 INHABITANTS TO FACE A TOTAL BLACKOUT.

    THE CITY, CENTRE OF ARGENTINA'S BOOMING WINE INDUSTRY, ALSO SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE TO ITS VINEYARDS.

    REPAIRS TO COMMUNICATION AND RAILWAY LINES ARE BEING CARRIED OUT. MORE BODIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE RECOVERED AS TEAMS OF WORKERS CONTINUE THE JOB OF CLEANING THE STREETS OF MUD AND RUBBLE. SOME OF THE BODIES DISCOVERED WERE FINGERPRINTED TO AID IDENTIFICATION.

    THE PRESIDENT, GENERAL JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA, HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND ORDERED FEDERAL AID.

    ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (7 JANUARY), THE BATTERED CITY WAS FACED BY A NEW THREAT AS THE MENDOZA RIVER BROKE ITS BANKS FLOODING A LARGE AREA TO THE NORTH OF THE TOWN. SCORES OF FAMILIES WERE EVACUATED IN AN EFFORT TO LESSEN THE EFFECT OF FURTHER DISASTER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA71H09YTH29O5F5Z0ICP7VCMCZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA71H09YTH29O5F5Z0ICP7VCMCZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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