• Short Summary

    VIOLENT SUMMER STORMS WHICH SWEPT NORTHERN ITALY ON TUESDAY CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND PUSHED ITALY'S AUGUST HOLIDAY DEATH TOLL TO 70.

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    VIOLENT SUMMER STORMS WHICH SWEPT NORTHERN ITALY ON TUESDAY CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND PUSHED ITALY'S AUGUST HOLIDAY DEATH TOLL TO 70. FOURTEEN PEOPLE WERE DROWNED, SEVEN STRUCK BY LIGHTING, AND THREE KILLED IN MOUNTAIN ACCIDENTS. ROAD DEATHS ACCOUNTED FOR THE REMAINDER.

    THE DEVASTATING STORMS CAME AT THE END OF THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY OF FERRAGOSTO AND WIPED OUT ALL TRACES OF A LONG HEATWAVE THAT SAW TEMPERATURES IN THE HIGH NINETIES FAHRENHEIT (30'S CENT.)
    ALL THROUGH LAST WEEK THE HEATWAVE SENT THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS, FROM ITALY AND NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, TO THE BEACHES OF THE ITALIAN RIVIERA AND OTHER HOLIDAY RESORTS.

    AT THE END OF THE WEEK, THE TEMPERATURE HAD CLIMED TO NEAR 100 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT (37 CENTIGRADE) AND THE ABEACHES WERE PACKED.

    BUT IT CAME TO A SUDEN END ON TUESDAY. TORRENTIAL THUNDER STORMS RIPPED DOWN OVER NORTHERN ITALY: ROOFS WERE BLOWN OFF SCORES OF HOUSES. ROADS WERE BLOCKED BY FALLEN TREES AND LANDSLIDES AND TELEPHONE AND ELECTRICITY LINES TORN DOWN.

    CAMPING SITES WERE FLATTENED AND RAILWAYS TEMPORARILY BLOCKED.

    ONE VICTIM OF THE STORMS WAS A BABY, ELECTROCUTED IN HIS IRON COT WHEN LIGHTNING STRUCK AN ATTIC NEAR ASCOLI PICENO IN THE APPENINES. A SLIGHT TREMOR ALSO WAS REPORTED FROM THE APPENINES BUT THERE WAS NO DAMAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9OTEE9LRHENCYAQELFL9NUH8H
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OTEE9LRHENCYAQELFL9NUH8H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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