• Short Summary

    THIRTEEN PEOPLE DIED IN THE SPACE OF A FEW MINUTES WHEN A TORNADO STRUCK THE LITTLE FARMING COMMUNITY OF GREENWOOD IN ARKANSAS ON FRIDAY.

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    DEVASTATED TOWN; RUBBLE BEING CLEARED.




    Initials GEM/N-TELE/CCT/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THIRTEEN PEOPLE DIED IN THE SPACE OF A FEW MINUTES WHEN A TORNADO STRUCK THE LITTLE FARMING COMMUNITY OF GREENWOOD IN ARKANSAS ON FRIDAY. MORE THAN 400 OTHERS WERE INJURED, AND AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PEOPLE IS MISSING.

    THERE WAS NO WARNING BEFORE THE DISASTER STRUCK. A LOCAL METEOROLOGIST SAID THAT HE SPOTTED THE TORNADO ON HIS RADAR SCREEN, BUT BY THE TIME HE'D TELEPHONED GREENWOOD IT WAS TOO LATE... THE TOWN HAD ALREADY BEEN HIT.

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS. THE SWIRLING WIND FUNNEL CUT A SWATHE ABOUT 400 YARDS (METRES) WIDE AND A HALF-MILE (800 METRES) LONG THROUGH THE TOWN. THREE-QUARTERS OF THE BUSINESS CENTRE WAS DEVASTATED AND MANY OF THE WOOD-FRAME HOUSES IN THE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS WERE DESTROYED.

    SHORTLY AFTER OUR FILM WAS SHOT, THE TOWN WAS SEALED OFF AS MORE THAN 200 REGULAR ARMY TROOPS, MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL AIR NATIONAL GUARD UNIT AND CIVIL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS MOVED IN TO HELP SEARCH FOR THE MISSING PEOPLE AND CLEAR THE RUBBLE.

    GREENWOOD'S ONLY DOCTOR SAID THAT THERE WAS NO PANIC WHEN THE TORNADO STRUCK. SURVIVORS, HE SAID, CAME TO HIS SURGERY TO HELP HIM TREAT THE HUNDREDS OF SERIOUSLY INJURED PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HADSY9L65YPKPAH1RIMPE3HJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HADSY9L65YPKPAH1RIMPE3HJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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