North Vietnamese authorities have conducted newsmen round the "ghost city" which was formerly the bustling capital of Ngh-An Province--Vinh City.
GV Bomb craters in one-time main street PAN TO military observers
GV Bombed houses and offices (3 shots)
CU Bomb crater, PAN TO observers walking through shell of city
EXTERIOR GV Bombed houses and temple (3 shots)
GV INT Destroyed temple roof TILT DOWN TO GV & CU Buddha images
GV PAN INTERIOR Wrecked temple
GV Bombed shell of houses uprooted railway lines (mostly overgrown but still being bombed)
BOMB-PITTED MAIN STREET: SHATTERED BUILDINGS: OBSERVERS IN RUINED STREETS: BUDDHA STATUE IN WRECKED TEMPLE: UPROOTED RAILWAY LINES.
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This film is from Nihon Denpa News, the official North Vietnamese service
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Background: North Vietnamese authorities have conducted newsmen round the "ghost city" which was formerly the bustling capital of Ngh-An Province--Vinh City.
The city, which one had a population of 72,000, has been abandoned following intense bombardment both from the air and from ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
SYNOPSIS: Once this was a bustling main street. Today it's deserted, like everywhere else in Vioh City. Only officials conducting newsmen around appear nowadays in what was formerly that capital of North Vietnam's Ngh-An Province.
The city was abandoned following intense bombardment, both form Untied States bombing missions, and from the guns of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, for which the near-coastal city was an easy target.
In April, thirty thousand people left their homes to avoid the bombing. By November, most of the remaining seventh-two thousand original inhabitants had gone. Schools, churches and temples were all destroyed, and the people though it was hopeless to rebuilt when the bombs still rained down at regular intervals.
Officials say sixty-three per cent of the city has been completely destroyed by the american attacks. They say the naval bombardments alone totalled nearly six hundred, of which sixteen started major fires which swept whole areas. There were also six raids in which B-52 bombers carried out carpet bombing techniques, flattening whole sectors.