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    BELIZE ... THE HURRICANE-DEVASTATED CAPITAL OF BRITISH HONDURAS WHERE, ON NOVEMBER 4, SOME REPORTS UT?

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    BELIZE ... THE HURRICANE-DEVASTATED CAPITAL OF BRITISH HONDURAS WHERE, ON NOVEMBER 4, SOME REPORTS UT THE DEATH TOLL AS HIGH AS 340. OUTS DE HELP FROM ANY COUNTRIES WAS RUSHED TO THE 32,000 PEOPLE RENDERED HOMELESS AFTER THE 200 MILES-PER-HOUR HURRICANE "HATTIE" WRECKED SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT OF THE CITY'S HOUSES AND CAUSED A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF WATER AND FOOD.

    FILM TAKEN NOVEMBER 2 SHOWS HOW OF THE WOODEN BUILDINGS IN BELIZE WERE SMASHED TO MATCHWOOD. THE NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE WAS ONE OF REAL TERROR FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SHELTERED AS WELL AS THEY COULD IN STONE BUILDINGS. NOW THEY ARE SEEN WANDERING ABOUT IN A DAZED CONDITION, SOME ATTEMPTING TO RECOVER POSSESSIONS FROM DESTROYED HOMES AND OTHERS WAITING IN QUEUES FOR FOOD AND TYPHOID INJECTIONS.

    MANY HOSPITALS WERE DAMAGED AND MATERNITY AND OPERATING DEPARTMENTS WERE OUT OF ACTION. APART FROM A FEW PRIVATE PLANTS THERE WAS NO ELECTRICITY AND RADIO STATIONS WERE CLOSED.

    THE BRITISH DESTROYER "TROUBRIDGE" ARRIVED IN BELIZE THAT DAY CARRYING TROOPS - MARTIAL LAW HAD BEEN DECLARED IN THE COLONY TO PREVENT LOOTING - AND RELIEF SUPPLIES OF HUNDREDS OF TONS OF FOOD UNLOADED SUPPLIES 12 MILES DOWN THE CHANNELS FROM BELIZE. DOWN MEDICAL ASSISTANCE WAS PROMISED FROM MEXICO AND OTHER NATION AMERICAN COUNTRIES IN AN EFFORT TO ALLEVIATE THE MISERY CAUSED BY WHAT WAS SAID TO BE THE WORST TROPICAL STORM FOR THIRTY YEARS.

    ON NOVEMBER 3 IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE AUTHORITIES WOULD SET UP TENT CITIES FOR THE HOMELESS AT HOMELESS AT CAYO AND ORANGE WALK, ABOUT SEVENTY-MILES FROM BELIZE. SUFFICIENT WATER IS AVAILABLE THERE BUT FOOD WOULD HAVE TO BE FLOWN OR SHIPPED IN. IT WAS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE CITY WOULD HAVE TO BE REBUILT ON HIGHER GROUND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAYVLWQCHACH1ZIU65Q0B9VJFO
    Media URN:
    VLVAYVLWQCHACH1ZIU65Q0B9VJFO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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