• Short Summary

    SEVERE FLOODS WHICH SWEPT THROUGH LISBON AND OUTLYING VILLAGES LAST NIGHT (SATURDAY) KILLED AT LEAST 250 PEOPLE AND LEFT THOUSANDS HOMELESS.

  • Description

    SEVERE FLOODS WHICH SWEPT THROUGH LISBON AND OUTLYING VILLAGES LAST NIGHT (SATURDAY) KILLED AT LEAST 250 PEOPLE AND LEFT THOUSANDS HOMELESS. THE CATASTROPHIC DELUGE, WHICH FOLLOWED TORRENTIAL RAIN, WAS THE GREATEST NATURAL DISASTER TO STRIKE PORTUGAL IN LIVING MEMORY.

    THE WORST HIT AREAS IN THE CAPITAL WERE SLUM DISTRICTS, WHERE RAGING STREAMS CARRIED AWAY WOODEN HUTS AND BROUGHT CHAOS TO ANCIENT TENEMENTS. THE TAGUS RIVER BURST ITS BANKS AND IN THE DISTRICT OF ALGES A STREET WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A RIVER WHICH SWEPT AWAY A SCORE OF CARS. CARRIED ALONG BY THE FLOOD, THE VEHICLES BECAME FAST-MOVING BATTERING RAMS, SMASHING THROUGH THE WALLS OF HOMES AND CARRYING AWAY WOODEN DWELLING.

    ADDITIONAL HORROR CAME THIS MORNING WHEN LISBON'S WESTERN OUTSKIRTS WERE ROCKED BY TWO EXPLOSIONS AS AN AMMUNITION DUMP BLEW UP. OFFICIALS SAID THE EXPLOSIONS WERE CAUSED BY A FIRE STARTED BY AN ELECTRICAL SHORT-CIRCUIT.

    MOST VICTIMS DIED EITHER BY DROWNING IN THE FLOODS OR WHEN THEIR HOMES COLLAPSED ON TOP OF THEM. MANY CHILDREN WERE LOST, AND AT LEAST ONE FIREMAN LOST HIS LIFE IN AN ATTEMPT TO REACH STRANDED PEOPLE.

    A LOCAL RADIO STATION REPORTED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) THAT THE VILLAGE OF QUINTAS, ABOUT 25 MILES (40 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF LISBON, HAD IN EFFECT BEEN "ERASED FROM THE MAP".

    RESCUE BRIGADES WERE STILL IN ACTION TONIGHT, AND CLEARING TEAMS WERE STARTING TO REMOVE THE DEBRIS. WATER AND POWER SUPPLIES WERE CUT IN MANY AREAS. INTERIOR MINISTER, DR. ALFREDO SANTOS JUNIOR, ORDERED SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE HOMELESS IN CHARITY INSTITUTIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8QUS6S960YDD1VB02OJCO702A
    Media URN:
    VLVA8QUS6S960YDD1VB02OJCO702A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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