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    The view of the mountains from the main square in Huaraz is no longer obstructed by buildings.

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    The view of the mountains from the main square in Huaraz is no longer obstructed by buildings. They were reduced to rubble in the 40-seconds earthquake on May 31, which killed an estimated 10,000 people and injured about 20,000 in the town.

    Now (June 10) this agricultural and mining town 10,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes, the people are setting about the pitiable task of burying their dead.

    Huaraz and the nearby town of Yungay in the centre of the earthquake than 200 miles north of Lima, between them accounted for 28,000 of the 50,000 death toll for the country, according to recent estimates.

    Medical teams are hurriedly vaccinating survivors in the streets to guard against epidemics. Cremation of bodies was not at first ordered because of a religious taboo in Roman Catholic Peru, but was recently begun.

    There is scant ceremony however at the town cemetery about the burial of the dead, only misery. Among the sights was a woman waiting by a coffin for her husband and child to be dug out of rubble for burial...the body of a Priest laying on a crude stretcher in the street...women burying their children.

    Among the recent visitors to fly in with relief workers was Cardinal Ricketts of Lima.

    Cargo airlift of the U.S. Air Force Southern Command have flown in and dropped by parachute about 60 tons (1,022 kgs) of supplies to the stricken area.

    From a helicopter pad beside the airstrip in Huaraz, Peruvian, American and civilian helicopters fly to the surrounding mountains, carrying doctors, medicines and food and returning with the injured.

    In a makeshift hospital beside the helicopter pad, doctors are performing emergency operations and placing broken limbs in plaster. The victims are then flown to Lima.

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