• Short Summary

    Two Soviet Air Force transport planes landed in Lima on Tuesday (July 14) to start a 65-plane Russian airlift of supplies to earthquake-hit northern Peru.

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    Two Soviet Air Force transport planes landed in Lima on Tuesday (July 14) to start a 65-plane Russian airlift of supplies to earthquake-hit northern Peru.

    In Huaraz, one of the towns hit by the earthquake on May 31, life is slowly returning to normal.

    Soviet officials were greeted upon their arrival at Lima airport by Peruvian government officials. The supplies being carried by the Soviet convoy--food, blankets, medicines and bulldozers, will be transported by truck to northern Peru where 50,000 people died and around 1 million were made homeless by the worst earthquakes in Peru's history.

    In the town of Huaraz, supplies and food have been stockpiled in the market place. It was estimated that the earthquake destroyed about 50 per cent of the main crops in Peru's northern valleys and seriously affected the livelihood of 60,000 farm workers.

    Red Cross tents have been set up to treat the injured. For a few weeks after the strike, the lack of sanitary arrangements for the survivors had officials worried about a possible typhoid epidemic. Several thousands corpses are still believed to be buried underneath the ruins of Huaraz, and files buzzing around the area are another health hazard. However, medical workers were able to innoculate almost 10,000 survivors against typhoid in the first few weeks after the disaster.

    Because the town of Huaraz Valley was almost totally wrecked, houses are being built slowly with whatever materials are at hand. U.S. Peace Corps Engineers have been advising residents on the best ways to re-build their homes.

    Many tents for refugees have been supplied by the United States and West Germany, and the Germans have also constructed wooden-frame buildings for those left homeless.

    Roads that were closed during the earthquakes are now being cleared, and dormitories are being constructed under the auspices of the Peruvian Ministry of Housing. Iron materials for the dormitories have been supplied by the British Government; the wood comes from Peru. When completed, some 37,000 people will be housed in the dormitories.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7M0SZIVDDY367RTW10KKVYGHR
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M0SZIVDDY367RTW10KKVYGHR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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