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    The United States mounted a massive airlift of men, equipment and supplies into Guatemala on Sunday (8 February) to establish emergency services for earthquake refugees and injured.

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    The United States mounted a massive airlift of men, equipment and supplies into Guatemala on Sunday (8 February) to establish emergency services for earthquake refugees and injured.

    The catastrophic 'quake hit Guatemala on 4 February, left a death toll of at least 19,000 people with another 62,000 injured.

    The earthquake also destroyed some 250-thousand homes .. leaving over a million people -- more than a sixth of the Central American Republic's total population -- homeless.

    The U.S. Readiness Command in Florida and the southern Command in the Panama Canal Zone provided personnel and equipment to assist in the disaster relief fund set up by the Department of State' Agency for International Development.

    Included in the first relief cargoes were tents, blood plasma, pumps and storage tanks and medical supplies. A field hospital, two medical units and an engineering corps went with the supplies.

    U.S. Army helicopters are being used extensively in Guatemala .. particularly in isolated and rugged areas .. to distribute supplies.

    And the United States is not alone in its efforts to aid the 'quake victims.

    The United Nations, the Philippines, West germany and Israel have already sent in large cargoes of supplies and aid.

    SYNOPSIS: A massive airlift, mounted by the United States Department of State's Agency for International Development, went into Guatemala on Sunday with emergency supplies for the 'quake refugees and injured.

    Included in the first relief cargoes were tents, blood plasma, pumps and storage tanks and medical supplies. A field hospital two medical teams and an engineering corps accompanied the supplies.

    U.S. Army helicopters are being used extensively in Guatemala .. particularly in isolated and rugged areas .. to distribute supplies and ferry the injured to hospitals. The catastrophic earthquake hit guatemala on 4 February leaving more than a million homeless, at least nineteen thousand dead and another sixty thousand injured.

    Now fears of epidemics have health officials battling around the clock to vaccinate and treat people. U.S. Army teams are using special trucks to filter local river water for later distribution amongst the refugees. And the United States is not alone in its efforts to provide relief. The United nations, the Philippines, West Germany and Israel have sent in large cargoes of supplies and equipment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAECYG2ABD8HLRU61EI3RFGB7XX
    Media URN:
    VLVAECYG2ABD8HLRU61EI3RFGB7XX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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