At least 18 people were feared killed and 40 injured June 1 when some thirty houses and a pottery factory collapsed after a landslip in Clamart, a suburb of south-west Paris.
GV Wreck houses.
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LV Firemen dig for bodies.
SV Fireman rescue man from debris.
GV Wreck houses.
SV Firemen carry body on stretcher.
GV Firemen cut through timber searching for body.
GV Man in ruins.
SV Fireman clears wreckage (2 shots)
LV & CV... Fireman and civilians search for bodies.
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Background: At least 18 people were feared killed and 40 injured June 1 when some thirty houses and a pottery factory collapsed after a landslip in Clamart, a suburb of south-west Paris.
Although the exact cause of the disaster was not known, reports indicated that a minor landslide, caused by heavy rain, ruptured gas mains and power cables. This was followed by two violent explosions which caused houses and streets to crumble into yawning crevices that opened in the ground.
Hundreds of firemen, soldiers and police were sent to the area - where houses are built over filled in sand and gravel pits - to try to rescue the unknown number of victims buried under the rubble. The whole district, about one square mile, looked as if it had been hit by an earthquake.
The disaster occurred soon after 11 a.m. Men returned home for lunch to find their houses gone and their families buried. Many searched frantically in the debris with their hands causing further danger of collapse, and police were forced to clear the area of all except rescue workers and priests administering the last rites to the gravely injured and the dead.
During the afternoon, M. Roger Frey, the recently appointed Minister of the Interior, visited the area, as did M. Benedetti, Prefect of the Seine Department. M. Frey announced that his Ministry was making an immediate grant of N.F. 100,000 (about GBP7,300) as a first aid measure for the victims. The Seine council has also put N.F. 500,000 (about GBP36,500) at the disposal of the authorities in Clamart.