Haiphong, the largest port and industrial centre in North Vietnam, has been reduced to a ghost town following intensive bombardment by United States aircraft.
GV PAN Haly area of Haiphong after bombing
MV & GV PAN Citizens looking at ruins of area (2 shots)
GV EXT. Vietnam-Czechoslovakia Friendship Hospital
MV & CUs Wounded citizens (3 shots)
CU Leg wounded by pieces of ball bomb
SCU Wounded child
MV Relatives look on
MV PAN Woman with amputated leg & scares
SV Wounded child
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Background: Haiphong, the largest port and industrial centre in North Vietnam, has been reduced to a ghost town following intensive bombardment by United States aircraft.
Haiphong port was blockaded by US mines on April 16, and since then it has been closed to shipping. Nearly forty foreign merchant ships are trapped in the harbour. Meanwhile, eight bombing raide have been carried out on the city. The centre of Haiphong was completely destroyed by US bombing on October 1st. More than 200 tons of bombs were dropped on that one day alone.
Official North Vietnamese reports say that, while seven people were killed and 21 injured, the real tool was the numbers of homeless created by the bombing, which wiped out 120 homes.