• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, MORE THAN A HUNDRED INJURED AND SEVERAL HUNDREDS LEFT HOMELESS WHEN FREAK STORMS AND TORNADOES HIT PARTS OF WESTERN EUROPE OVER THE WEEKEND.

  • Description

    AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, MORE THAN A HUNDRED INJURED AND SEVERAL HUNDREDS LEFT HOMELESS WHEN FREAK STORMS AND TORNADOES HIT PARTS OF WESTERN EUROPE OVER THE WEEKEND. IN NORTH-EAST FRANCE, ONE OF THE WORST-AFFECTED AREAS, A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED AFTER A TORNADO ONLY 300 YARDS (METRES) WIDE AND 19 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) LONG HAD CARVED ITS WAY THROUGH A DOZEN VILLAGES, LEAVING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION BEHIND IT.

    IN RIENCOURT, A CRIPPLED GIRL WAS KILLED WHEN A WALL COLLAPSED ON HER WHEELCHAIR, AND NEARBY A CAR WAS LIFTED BODILY OVER THE ROOF OF A BUNGALOW. ONE VILLAGER, DESCRIBING THE SCENE, SAID: "EVERYTHING WENT BLACK. HUGE HAILSTONES RAINED DOWN AND THEN THE TORNADO CAME WITH A TERRIBLE WHISTLING SOUND." ANOTHER SAID: "I'VE SEEN TWO WORLD WARS, BUT NEVER ANYTHING LIKE THIS."
    IN THE HAMLET OF POMMEREUIL, NOT FAR AWAY, SCARCELY A HOUSE WAS LEFT STANDING, AND MOST OF THE 750 INHABITANTS WERE LEFT WITHOUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. POLICE AND TROOPS WERE OUT TODAY (SUNDAY) IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT LOOTING FROM THE SHATTERED SHOPS AND HOMES. THE COST OF THE DAMAGE IS EXPECTED TO BE HUGE, BUT NO OFFICIAL ESTIMATE WAS AVAILABLE.

    THE DAMAGE AREA LIES ABOUT 90 MILES (135 KILOMETRES) INLAND FROM CALAIS, AND 25 MILES (40 KILOMETRES) FROM THE BELGIAN BORDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9X2Z8QUN2R7M0F84PE6E07JO1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9X2Z8QUN2R7M0F84PE6E07JO1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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