• Short Summary

    ITALY HAS BEEN ENDURING ITS WORST EARLY WINTER WEATHER ON RECORD. TONIGHT (SATURDAY) THE DEATH?

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    ITALY HAS BEEN ENDURING ITS WORST EARLY WINTER WEATHER ON RECORD. TONIGHT (SATURDAY) THE DEATH TOLL IN STORMS AROUND THE COUNTRY STOOD AT MORE THAN EIGHTY.

    THE WORST HIT AREAS HAVE BEEN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ITALY AROUND THE CITIES OF VENICE AND FLORENCE.

    RESCUE WORKERS, INCLUDING 50-THOUSAND TROOPS AND POLICE, ARE NOW WORKING IN THE TWO CITIES AND ELSEWHERE IN ITALY IN THE FACE OF A RENEWED STORM THREAT FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN.

    IN VENICE, FLOODWATER ROSE TEN FEET, INUNDATING MANY OF THE CITIES ANCIENT LANDMARKS. SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS WERE FLOODED, AND MANY OFFICES AND PRIVATE HOMES WERE UNDER WATER, SOME TO FIRST FLOOR LEVEL. IT HAS BEEN THE WORST FLOODING IN A THOUSAND YEARS.

    IN FLORENCE, THE CENTRE OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART, DOZENS OF ART TREASURES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED OR DAMAGED. PRICELESS PAINTINGS IN THE BASEMENT OF ONE FAMOUS GALLERY WERE RUINED BY THE FLOODWATERS.

    FLORENCE TONIGHT WAS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, GAS, WATER OR TELEPHONE FACILITIES, AND THE CITY'S MAYOR DESCRIBED THE FLOOD DAMAGE AS MORE CATASTROPHIC THAN THAT CAUSED DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    IN THE BAY OF NAPLES FIERCE STORMS HAVE DISRUPTED SHIPPING AND DAMAGED MANY SMALL CRAFT. BUILDINGS IN NAPLES AND ROME HAVE BEEN SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE STORM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9JPVFJOW1WNN96NP1GFMJEQF
    Media URN:
    VLVA9JPVFJOW1WNN96NP1GFMJEQF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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