Refugees flooded out of Managua, Nicaragua on Monday (25 December) as relief workers hurried to avert the threat of a typhoid epidemic in the wake of the earthquake disaster.
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SV Cuban women, part of relief team
SV Unloading tents from aircraft
GV American C-130 landing
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GV C-130 taxis
LV Unloading supplies (2 shots)
GV US truck with supplies and water carrier out of aircraft
SV US truck with supplies leaves aircraft and across tarmac
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Background: Refugees flooded out of Managua, Nicaragua on Monday (25 December) as relief workers hurried to avert the threat of a typhoid epidemic in the wake of the earthquake disaster.
New aid has been rushed to the stricken city from the United States, Cuba and other nations; it includes a United States Engineering Company from Panama, thousands of tents and hundreds of tons of oats and flour.
United States Army trucks loaded with supplies and medical teams worked against the clock in the capital to avoid the spread of sickness among the thousands of refugees throughout the city.
Unofficial reports said that the death toll was around 19,000. However in Geneva the United Nations Disaster Relief Organisation (UNDRO) said the most reliable reports suggested a figure of "something under 2,000."
SYNOPSIS: The smell of death hung over Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, on Christmas Day as stunned refugees streamed out of the capital in a mass exodus. The Government, which had imposed martial law after Saturday's earthquake, ordered the city's 300,000 people to be evacuated when geologists feared more tremors. All normal life in the city had broken down. There was no running water and electricity had been restored to only a small section of the city. Armoured cars guarded strategic points and private guards armed with rifles patrolled banks and shops to prevent looting.
Much needed supplies and medical teams have been flown into the stricken area from all over the world in a bid to avert the threat of a typhoid epidemic. The relief flights followed an appeal from the League of Red Cross Societies in Geneva.
The United States has ordered additional aid to Managua, including an Army Engineering Company from the Panama, 1,500 tents and 220 tons of cots and flour.
However, the priorities are for medical supplies, blood plasma, drugs and medicine.
United States Army trucks loaded with supplies rolled off aircraft which arrived at Managua airport at hourly intervals. Unofficial reports said that the death toll was around 19,000; but in Geneva the United Nations Disaster Relief Organisation said the most reliable sources estimated the toll at nearer two thousand.