• Short Summary

    THE BRAZILIAN CITY OF SAO JOSE DA LAGE, ABOUT 80 MILES (130 KMS.) INLAND, WAS ALMOST DESTROYED EARLIER THIS WEEK BY FLOODS WHICH SWEPT THROUGH THE MUNDAU VALLEY OF ALAGOAS STATE IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    THE BRAZILIAN CITY OF SAO JOSE DA LAGE, ABOUT 80 MILES (130 KMS.) INLAND, WAS ALMOST DESTROYED EARLIER THIS WEEK BY FLOODS WHICH SWEPT THROUGH THE MUNDAU VALLEY OF ALAGOAS STATE IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTRY. THE FLOODS, CAUSED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS IN THE AREA, HAVE BROKEN TWO DAMS AND RESULTED IN AN UNOFFICIAL DEATH TOLL OF 400, WITH TYPHOID BREAKING OUT IN SOME REGIONS.

    SAO JOSE DA LAGE WITH A POPULATION OF 40,000 WAS HARDEST-HIT IN THE FLOODS. THE OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL IN THE CITY WAS 313 YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), OF WHOM 42 WERE CHILDREN. SOME 10,000 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN THE CITY AND ANOTHER 1,000 ARE STILL MISSING. MANY MORE ARE HOMELESS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

    THE ACTION OF THE AUXILIARY BISHOP OF MACEIO, THE STATE CAPITAL, DOM ELIZEU MARIA GOMES DE OLIVEIRA, SAVED MANY MORE LIVES IN SAO JOSE DA LAGE. WHEN THE CLOUDBURST HIT, HE WAS AT HIS PRAYERS IN THE CITY'S CATHEDRAL. HE GRABBED THE CATHEDRAL BELL ROPE AND RANG THE BELL UNTIL HE HAD AWAKENED MOST OF THE POPULATION.

    THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE HAS BEEN FLYING RELIEF SUPPLIES INTO THE AREA AND SOME OF THE INUNDATED REGIONS CAN ONLY BE REACHED BY HELICOPTER. IN ADDITION, DRINKING WATER AND MEDICINES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO FLOOD VICTIMS, INCLUDING VACCINES AGAINST TYPHOID FEVER AND TETANUS.

    THE FLOODS HAVE ALSO, CAUSE DAMAGE IN NEIGHBOURING STATES. IN RIO DE JANEIRO, FINANCE MINISTER DELFIN NETO SAID THERE WAS A STATE OF DISASTER IN THE MUNDAU VALLEY OF ALAGOAS AND THAT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS WOULD BE AVAILABLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB0G6S7OFSPAZP7AQF7LFL54HG
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0G6S7OFSPAZP7AQF7LFL54HG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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