• Short Summary

    THE PIAVE, VALLEY IN NORTHERN ITALY, SCENES OF HISTORY'S WORST DAM DISASTER, IS A NIGHTMARE LANDSCAPE TODAY (FRIDAY) AS RESCUE WORKERS SEARCH FOR MORE VICTIMS.

  • Description

    THE PIAVE, VALLEY IN NORTHERN ITALY, SCENES OF HISTORY'S WORST DAM DISASTER, IS A NIGHTMARE LANDSCAPE TODAY (FRIDAY) AS RESCUE WORKERS SEARCH FOR MORE VICTIMS.AT LEAST 2,000 PEOPLE ARE FEARED DEAD.SCORES OF BODIES ARE BELIEVED STILL HIDDEN IN THE SEA OF MUD AND RUBBLE.

    THE CATASTROPHE STRUCK ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHEN AN ENTIRE MOUNTAINSIDE LOOSENED BY HEAVY RAIN HURTLED INTO THE LAKE BEHIND THE VAIONT DAM -- THIRD HIGHEST IN THE WORLD -- SPILLING A RAGING TORRENT OF WATER OVER THE DAM LIP.

    FLOOD WATERS THUNDERED DOWN THE NARROW PIAVE VALLEY, TURNING SLEEPING VILLAGES AND HAMLETS INTO BATTERED PILES OF RUBBLE.HUNDREDS OF VILLAGERS DROWNED AS THEY SLEPT, AMID THE CHAOS OF THEIR DISINTEGRATING HOUSES.

    VISNEWS CAMERAMEN SEPP RIFF, WORKING HIS WAY SOUTH DOWN THE PIAVE VALLEY AFTER CROSSING THE AUSTRIAN BORDER, SHOT THIS FILM ABOVE THE DAM.IT SHOWS A HUGE SCAR ON A MOUNTAIN FLANKING THE LAKE, WHERE THE TERRIFYING LANDSLIDE OCCURRED.IT WAS LIKE "DROPPING A STONE IN A TEACUP" SAID ONE RESCUE WORKER.

    THE NEARBY VILLAGE OF STRESSA BORE THE BRUNT OF THE GIANT FLOOD WAVE.IT WAS WIPED OUT.ONLY RUBBLE REMAINS OF THE 20 HOUSES THAT COMPRISED THE VILLAGE.A HANDFUL OF SURVIVING VILLAGERS WERE BEING CARED FOR AS RIFF FILMED THE SCENE OF DEVASTATION.

    ELSEWHERE IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH, RELIEF WORKERS, INCLUDING CRACK ALPINE TROOPS, ARE TOILING ROUND THE CLOCK.BUT IT MAY BE DAYS BEFORE AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE OF THE DEATH TOLL IS POSSIBLE.AS ITALY MOURNS THE VICTIMS, EMERGENCY AID IS POURING IN FROM MANY COUNTRIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADRX7GCR85SCWKCA9YMVWSEDRC
    Media URN:
    VLVADRX7GCR85SCWKCA9YMVWSEDRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1963
    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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