• Short Summary

    IN THE GREATEST DAM DISASTER OF ALL TIME, MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ARE KNOW TO HAVE PERISHED - WITH THE FINAL DEATH TOLL LIKELY TO BE DOUBLE THAT FIGURE.

  • Description

    IN THE GREATEST DAM DISASTER OF ALL TIME, MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ARE KNOW TO HAVE PERISHED - WITH THE FINAL DEATH TOLL LIKELY TO BE DOUBLE THAT FIGURE.

    THE NARROW PIAVE VALLEY, IN THE ITALIAN ALPS, SCENE OF THE GREAT CATASTROPHE JUST BEFORE THE MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, (OCTOBER 9TH), IS NOW THE SCENE OF A GIANT RELIEF AND CLEAN-UP OPERATION.THE ENTIRE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN MOBILISED.2,500 TROOPS IN THE SILT AND RUBBLE BROUGHT DOWN BY THE TORRENT, FOR THE BODIES OF THOSE WHO WERE BLOTTED OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.LONGARONE - A TOWN OF 5,000 - IS NO MORE, AND THE SAME IS TRUE OF OTHER VILLAGES FURTHER DOWN THE VALLEY.

    THE VAIONT DAM - THIRD HIGHEST IN THE WORLD - DID NOT COLLAPSE.A GIGANTIC LANDSLIDE ON THE SLOPES OF MOUNT TOC TOPPLED INTO THE RESERVOIR BEHIND THE DAM, CAUSING THE WATER TO RISE SOME 650 FEE, CASCADE OVER THE TOP AND ROAR ITS PATH OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION DOWN THE VALLEY.THE LAND SLIDE WAS BROUGHT ON BY THE RECENT HEAVY AUTUMN RAINS AND HAS CUT THE RESERVOIR IN HALF.

    REPORTS TONIGHT SPEAK OF NOTICES WHICH WERE POSTED IN THE DISASTER AREA TWO DAYS AGO (I.E.ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT) WARNING THE POPULATION OF POSSIBLE EARTH MOVEMENTS ON MOUNT TOC.THE NOTICES STATED THAT TECHNICAL HAD REPORTED INSTABILITY ON THE SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAIN AND ADVISED PEOPLE TO MOVE AWAY FROM CERTAIN AREAS.35 PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGE OF PINEDA, TOOK HEED TO THE WARNING - BUT OTHERS STAYED BEHIND AND PERISHED.

    RESCUE AND RELIEF WORK CONTINUE, AND IT WILL BE MANY DAYS BEFORE AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE OF THE DEATH ROLL AND DAMAGE IS COMPLETE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8PRR1RHYJB1ZFCT8LDYR7KOX0
    Media URN:
    VLVA8PRR1RHYJB1ZFCT8LDYR7KOX0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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