• Short Summary

    AS THE LONG, SLOW TASK OF CLEANING UP AFTER THE DISASTROUS EARTHQUAKE GETS UNDER WAY IN YUGOSLAVIA, SOME 50 THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE STILL LIVING IN THE OPEN AND IN TENTS AND RAILWAY CARRIAGES.

  • Description


    BUILDING BEING DEMOLISHED; RELIEF TRUCKS ALONG ROAD; TENTS, BLANKETS, MATTRESSES DUMPED ON GROUND; PEOPLE CAMPING IN OPEN; FOOD UNLOADED; MEDICAL APPARATUS; INJURED MAN RECEIVES ATTENTION; PEOPLE AND TENTS.




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    Background: AS THE LONG, SLOW TASK OF CLEANING UP AFTER THE DISASTROUS EARTHQUAKE GETS UNDER WAY IN YUGOSLAVIA, SOME 50 THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE STILL LIVING IN THE OPEN AND IN TENTS AND RAILWAY CARRIAGES. SOME HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE BACK INTO THEIR HOMES.

    THE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK BANJA LUKA IN CENTRAL YUGOSLAVIA, AND A NUMBER OF NEARBY VILLAGES, ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (OCT 26 AND 27). NINE PEOPLE DIED, SOME 400 WERE INJURED, AND HUNDREDS OF BUILDINGS WRECKED.

    HELP BEGAN POURING IN TO THE DEVASTATED AREA AND OFFICIALS BEGAN WORKING DESPERATELY TO CLEAR RUBBISH AND PROVIDE WASHING FACILITIES TO PREVENT DISEASE SWEEPING THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS.

    TWO THIRDS OF THE 60 THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVING IN THE BANJA LUKA AREA WERE MADE HOMELESS BY THE QUAKES AND A FURTHER 10 THOUSAND IN A NEARBY AREA.

    BANJA LUKA LOOKED LIKE THE SCENE OF A BOMBING RAID AS CLEANING UP WORK GOT UNDER WAY. ARMY UNITS MOVED IN TO HELP WITH THE CLEARANCE WORK.

    BANKS CARRIED ON BUSINESS IN TENTS, FACTORY WORKERS TRIED TO RESUME PRODUCTION, AND THE WATER SUPPLY AND TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS WERE QUICKLY RESTORED.

    FIRST REPORTS PUT THE DEATH TOLL AT 20, BUT AFTER CAREFUL CHECKING THERE PROVED TO BE ONLY NINE DEATHS.....AND A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL DIED IN THE FIRST TREMORS ON SUNDAY AND EIGHT DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY.

    YUGOSLAVIA EXPERTS HAVE SAID THAT THE QUAKES WERE STRONGER THAN THOSE OF 1963 WHICH DEVASTATED THE SKOPJE AREA BUT THEIR CENTRE WAS THREE TO FIVE TIMES DEEPER THAN THE 1963 QUAKES. THIS SAVED EVEN GREATER DESTRUCTION AND LOSS OF LIVE.

    IN THE HEAVILY DAMAGED TOWN OF BANJA LUKA, PEOPLE HAVE STARTED MOVING BACK INTO SIME THE HOMES, AFTER FOUR DAYS IN THE OPEN.

    EXPERTS HAVE BEEN EXAMINING DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN THE TOWN AND OF THE 800 THEY HAVE CHECKED THEY SAY 600 NEED REPAIRS -- THE OTHERS THEY ORDERED PULLED DOWN.

    AMONG THE PARTIALLY COLLAPSED BUILDINGS IS A THEATRE WHOSE WALLS ARE RELEASED WITH POSTERS ADVERTISING THE ARTHUR MILLER PLAY "AFTER THE FALL".

    SOME OF THE HOMELESS WILL LIVE FOR SOME TIME IN A TRAIN MADE UP OF 40 CARRIAGES WHICH HAS BEEN SENT FROM AUSTRIA TO SERVE AS TEMPORARY HOMES. OTHER AID HAS COME FROM THE UNITED NATIONS, THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZZU2MU9PSE3FBEH6BLHK8M9P
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZZU2MU9PSE3FBEH6BLHK8M9P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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