• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES HUDDLED OUTSIDE THEIR WRECKED TOWNS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGIONS OF WEST SICILY YESTERDAY, (TUESDAY) FOLLOWING FRESH TREMORS IN THE AREA.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES HUDDLED OUTSIDE THEIR WRECKED TOWNS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGIONS OF WEST SICILY YESTERDAY, (TUESDAY) FOLLOWING FRESH TREMORS IN THE AREA. RESCUE WORKERS WERE FORCED TO SUSPEND THEIR SUSPEND THEIR SEARCH FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS WHEN SEVEN TREMORS SHOOK THE RUINED AREA.

    IN MONTE VAGO, THE WORST-HIT TOWN, WITH ONE-TENTH OF IT'S POPULATION OF 3,000 BELIEVED KILLED, POLICE AND STUDENT VOLUNTEERS CLAWED WITH THEIR BARE HANDS AT HUGE BLOCKS OF STONE AND WRENCHED DOORS FROM RUINED HOUSES TO SERVE AS STRETCHERS. THE FRESH TREMORS THREATENED TO BRING CRACKED WALLS DOWN ON TOP OF THE RESCUERS AND THEY WERE FORCED TO SUSPEND THEIR OPERATIONS.

    IN ONE HANGAR-LIKE BUILDING ALONE, 52 PEOPLE ARE FEARED DEAD. THEY TOOK SHELTER THERE, AFTER THE FIRST SLIGHT TREMOR ON MONDAY, AND WERE BURIED WHEN A SECOND RAZED THE TOWN. ONLY 40 BODIES HAVE SO FAR BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR BURIAL.

    OFFICIAL ESTIMATES PUT THE DEATH TOLL AT 500 BUT ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE ARE MISSING.

    LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ARE CRITICISING THE GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS AS "TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE." WHEN PRESIDENT SARAGAT TOURED THE DEVASTATED AREA. HE WAS GREETED BY CRISIS OF "GIVE US BREAD", FROM THE SURVIVORS.

    ARMY RELIEF COLUMNS FROM THE ITALIAN MAINLAND REACHED THE DISASTER AREA YESTERDAY, AFTER BEING DELAYED BY SNOW AND ICE ON TWISTING MOUNTAIN ROADS, PARTIALLY BLOCKED BY LANDSLIDES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADTZHNL07UO3O8AFVTCBU41T9U
    Media URN:
    VLVADTZHNL07UO3O8AFVTCBU41T9U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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