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    Thousands of people have been left homeless and heavy damage has been caused in northwest Yugoslavia by the major earthquake which struck that area and northern Italy last Thursday (6 May).

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    SV Town sign Breginj PAN TO GV Countryside

    GV Devastated houses in town (5 shots)

    CU Destroyed stone houses (4 shots)

    CU & GV Homeless people a funeral (2 shots)

    GV PAN Homeless at caravan site on outskirts of devastated village

    CU & GV Homeless at caravan site (4 shots)

    Initials CL/0233 CL/0250

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    Background: Thousands of people have been left homeless and heavy damage has been caused in northwest Yugoslavia by the major earthquake which struck that area and northern Italy last Thursday (6 May).

    The worst hit village in the Tolmin area near the Yugoslav border with Italy is Brehinj where only 30 of 150 houses have been left standing.

    About 2,600 people were left homeless in the Tolmin area and officials quoted by Reuters news agency say 30 people were injured on the night of the earthquake when they jumped in terror from their windows.

    The officials said about 8,000 people are camping out under tents and in caravans and were refusing to return to their homes because they feared new quakes.

    On Tuesday (11 May) this fear was reinforced by a small tremor in the area. Since the big earthquake which registered 6.5 on the open-ended Richter scale, there have been several tremors felt there.

    Yugoslav Red Cross organisations have sent blankets and medical supplies to the area as well as to Italy. The Yugoslav government has announced an initial gift of one million dinars (about GBP 28,000 sterling) to the Italian government for relief work.

    So far in Italy, nearly 1,000 bodies have been recovered from the devastation left by the earthquake, but the final death toll is expected to be more than 1,500.

    SYNOPSIS: The village of Breginj in Yugoslavia's Tolmin area, the village worst hit in the country by the Italian earthquake.

    Only 30 houses are left standing out of 150. Some dwellings in this agricultural community near the Italian border have been completely devastated.

    On the night of the earthquake 30 people were badly injured when they jumped from windows in terror.

    Thousands of people have been left homeless by the quake on both sides of the border. Yugoslavia claims about 8,000 people are without proper roofs over their heads. The earthquake - measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale - was felt in France, Yugoslavia and Italy. Experts say the main tremor was as close to the maximum intensity considered possible for an earth disturbance in Europe.

    In Breginj several old people have died in the aftermath of the quake. The homeless villagers have pooled their resources to provide adequate funerals.

    They're also having to help each other with their daily needs. Hundreds of them are camping in tents on the outskirts of the village. The luckier ones have caravans. Many of the villagers are too frightened to return to the few remaining houses for fear of further quakes. This fear was reinforced on Tuesday when a small tremor was felt in the area. Yugoslav Red Cross organisations and the Yugoslav government are giving aid to the victims. Much of their effort is being spent in Italy where the situation is much more acute.

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