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.
GV TILT DOWN EXT. Managua Cathedral
LV PULL BACK Debris & smoking refuse
SV,CU Men bathing in water (2 shots)
GV People bathing in fountain
SV Child carrying water from fountain
SV Victim on stretcher carried to hospital
CU Girl with face injury being treated
GV Open air hospital
SV TILT UP official registering missing people
SV Somozo directing operations
CU Somozo being interviewed.
IN: "How long..."
INTERVIEWER: "How long is it going to take you to get you people back to some kind of normal life?
SOMOZO: I think it's going to be a long, drawn out affair because thousands of Nicaraguan people have left this centre with no wish on any other people. Almost 90 per cent of the houses in Managua are damaged, and they have to be re-assessed whether they can be repaired or not. But they're not in any position to be occupied right now.
INTERVIEWER: Where are these people going to live?
SOMOZO: Well they are living..Managua as you know has been made from all over Nicaragua, so most of them have relatives all over the country.
INTERVIEWER: So they're leaving the city and going out and living with their relatives in the country...
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Background: 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.