• Short Summary

    Italy has had it share of disasters this year and their effects are still being felt as the Christmas season approaches.

  • Description

    Italy has had it share of disasters this year and their effects are still being felt as the Christmas season approaches.

    SYNOPSIS: It won't be a happy Christmas for many in Italy especially in the Friuli region - devastated by two savage earthquakes, one in May and another in September. In this region where the night temperatures fall, on some nights, to 20 degrees below zero there are still some two to three thousand people living in tents. Nearly 30 thousand people displaced by the earthquakes are living in temporary shelters or with relatives in other parts of Italy and abroad.

    Efforts are being made to offset the effects on the economies of the regions, like on distribution to children in Gemona of Christmas toys given by a firms in Varese. The distribution took place outside their wooden temporary schoolroom. Santa Claus also visited the children inside the schoolroom to wish them a merry Christmas.

    The first earthquake which struck the area was bad enough. After the second in four months, the apparently indomitable Friuli people broke and ran. One survivor said "We have nothing left except our eyes to cry with."
    Another area where Christmas will bring little joy is Seveso. There are few people here. Some areas may never be inhabited again. There was an explosion at the Icmesa chemical factory in July which released deadly dioxin fumes into the air. Everything contaminated remains so and soldiers are on guard to dissuade those who might not understand how serious the threat is from re-entering certain areas. However, those remaining in Seveso are making sure that the gift-giving aspects of Christmas don't go un-observed.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABBLC4WTX7391TNARKMI99L97H
    Media URN:
    VLVABBLC4WTX7391TNARKMI99L97H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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