• Short Summary

    Up to 80 per cent of Managua has been destroyed by the earthquake there and, while relief is pouring into the stricken city, the problems remaining are still massive.

  • Description

    Up to 80 per cent of Managua has been destroyed by the earthquake there and, while relief is pouring into the stricken city, the problems remaining are still massive.

    Authorities are still trying to assess the number of dead, and estimates range from 2000 to more than 20 thousands.

    A major problem has been a shortage of drinking water, and while there appears to be some water available, authorities are concerned that it cold be contaminated.

    Meanwhile, field hospitals have been flown in and, although heavily overloaded, they are managing to bring relief to the injured.

    Another serious problem is the plight of those rendered homeless.

    The President of Nicaragua, General Anastasio Somozo, says 90 per cent of all homes are destroyed or unsafe. But he says many people have been able to go and live with relatives in other parts of the country.

    SYNOPSIS: Managua cathedral...one of the few buildings left standing in the Nicaragua city by an earthquake last week. Up to 80 per cent of the city lies in ruins and many thousands of people have been evacuated.

    One major problem has been a shortage of water..with drinking water virtually non-existent. But an occasional fountain has continued to function..a temptation too great for the children looking for somewhere to play, and for adults looking for somewhere to wash. But in spite of warnings that the filthy water could be seriously contaminated, some people carried it away to drink.

    Although some larger buildings are still standing in Managua, most are believed dangerous and hospital services were totally disrupted. Field Hospitals have now been flown in, and although they're dealing with up to four times their normal maximum capacity, victims are getting some sort of treatment.

    Meanwhile officials are still trying to get an accurate assessment of the number of people who died in the disaster..and rescue operations are being directed by Nicaragua's President, General Anastasio Somozo.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6LF0EUF4S5YT72K9YZ2L6ZW1
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6LF0EUF4S5YT72K9YZ2L6ZW1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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