• Short Summary

    THE CRISIS IS EXPECTED ALONG THE LOWER REACHES OF THE SWOLLEN PO RIVER THIS AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THE FULL SPATE OF WATERS, SWEEPING DOWN THE RIVER FROM NORTH WEST ITALY, REACHES THE LOW-LYING AREAS OF THE PO ESTURARY ON THE ADRIATIC SEA.

  • Description

    THE CRISIS IS EXPECTED ALONG THE LOWER REACHES OF THE SWOLLEN PO RIVER THIS AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THE FULL SPATE OF WATERS, SWEEPING DOWN THE RIVER FROM NORTH WEST ITALY, REACHES THE LOW-LYING AREAS OF THE PO ESTURARY ON THE ADRIATIC SEA. SCORES OF DESERTED VILLAGES LAY SILENT TODAY ALONG THE LOWER REACHES OF THE PO AS NEW DANGERS THREATENED IN THE ITALIAN FLOOD DISASTER WHICH HAS ALREADY TAKEN OVER 100 LIVES.

    THE VILLAGERS HAD LEFT THEIR HOMES FOR SAFETY AS TORRENTIAL RAINS CONTINUED TO FALL AND THE RIVER LAST NIGHT REACHED ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN 17 YEARS. OFFICIALS ARE STILL UNABLE TO CALCULATE THE FULL EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE, BUT WITH ROADS AND BRIDGES BROKEN IN AT LEAST 150 PLACES, SCORES OF FACTORIES AND HUNDREDS OF HOUSE DESTROYED, THOUSANDS OF FARM ANIMALS DEAD AND ALL COMMUNICATIONS BADLY DAMAGED, THE FINAL COST IS EXPECTED TO RUN INTO MILLION OF POUNDS STERLING.

    THE TRIBUTARIES OF THE PO --- THE SESIA. TICINO AND ADDA -- HAVE ALL SPREAD OVER LARGE AREAS OF THE PIEDMONT AND LOMBARDY PLAIN, FLOODING HOUSES, SHOPS AND VILLAGES. MANY FAMILIES HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM THE ROOFS OF THEIR HOUSES. MEANWHILE IN THE MAIN DISASTER AREAS AROUND BILELLA, WHERE RAGING TORRENTS SWEPT THROUGH TOWNS AND VILLAGES AND CLAIMED 100 LIVES, FOUR DAYS OF TORRENTIAL RAIN FINALLY GAVE WAY YESTERDAY TO CLEAR SKIES AND BRILLIANT SUNSHINE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9HZQU2JC5CJERGO2LB76OKSVT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HZQU2JC5CJERGO2LB76OKSVT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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