• Short Summary

    MORE THAN ONE MILLION OF CEYLON'S POPULATION OF 12 MILLION WERE AFFECTED BY SEVERE FLOODS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS AND STRONG WINDS.

  • Description

    MORE THAN ONE MILLION OF CEYLON'S POPULATION OF 12 MILLION WERE AFFECTED BY SEVERE FLOODS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS AND STRONG WINDS. THE FLOODS, WHICH BROUGHT HAVOC PARTICULARLY IN THE SOUTH, CLAIMED 34 LIVES AND DESTROYED NEARLY 100,000 HOMES.

    RELIEF OPERATIONS WRUNG INTO EFFECT FOLLOWING THE DISASTER BUT SOME RESCUE WORKERS WERE HAMPERED BY THE HIGH WATERS. IN SOME OF THE WORST-HIT TOWNS, LOCAL OFFICIALS WERE ORDERED TO KEEP ALL COOPERATIVE STORES AND SHOPS OPEN TO DISTRIBUTE EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS.

    ACCORDING TO LATEST OFFICIAL REPORTS, DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 20 MILLION RUPEES (GBP1,250,000 STERLING). BUT THE DEPARTMENT FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES SAID THE DAMAGE FIGURE WAS ONLY A TENTATIVE ESTIMATE.

    CEYLON'S PRIME MINISTER DUDLEY SENANAYAKE VISITED THE FLOODED REGIONS SHORTLY AFTER THE DISASTER STRUCK. ON SUNDAY (4 JANUARY), HE MADE A SECOND TOUR OF THE INUNDATED AREAS.

    ON FRIDAY (2 JANUARY), THE CEYLON CABINET RELEASED FOUR MILLION RUPEES (GBP250,000 STERLING) FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF WORKS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADG205NN2S05VWGAB8CBT6D0Z3
    Media URN:
    VLVADG205NN2S05VWGAB8CBT6D0Z3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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