INTRODUCTION Large areas around the northern Italian town of Seveso are still affected by a chemical released in an explosion in July last year.
SV PAN FROM: Seveso sign to near-deserted streets.
LV AND CU: locked gates outside Icmesa factory. (2 shots)
SV: women walking with three children.
TRACKING SHOT past empty houses with shuttered windows.
CU: fruit and vegetables for sale in shop windows.
SV PAN: from school sign to locked gates.
CU PAN FROM : Health sign outside deserted building.
CU: poster on hole advising visit to opticians.
LV PAN AND CU: from wire fence and obstruction across road to scorched ???crops in Zone A. (2 shots)
CU PAN : from health hazard sign to workmen in white suits extending wire barrier. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION Large areas around the northern Italian town of Seveso are still affected by a chemical released in an explosion in July last year.
SYNPOSIS: Residents of Seveso are still not allowed back into the town which was contaminated by the chemical dioxin after an explosion at the Icmesa plant, More than 700 people had to be evacuated, but many have since broken into the restricted zone to retrieve belongings and check on their homes. Soldiers are being sent to guard the area.
The chemical dioxin is considered both cancer-producing and capable of malforming the human foetus. Traces of the chemical have recently been found in vegetables on sale in towns several Kilometres from Seveso.
Several Schools in Seveso have also recently been closed for decontamination. At least 200 children are reported to have been affected by the dioxin and are suffering from various skin aliments. Other schools in nearby villages will also be closed. Officials say however it will be hard to keep the schools dioxin-free.
In the zone immediately around the Icmesa factory, the chemical contamination has been so bad that even the grass and crops have been scorched by the dioxin. It's believed the effects of wind and rain have carried the chemical to areas further away than the authorities and suspects. The authorities are strengthening and extending the barrier around the worst-affected zones to prevent people returning and spreading the poison any further.