Rescue work continues in the earthquake-stricken city of Agadir, Morocco, March 5. Ships of many?
4 Shots.. Wrecked buildings.
2 Shots.. Wrecked cars.
3 Shots.. Evacuee centre.
9 Shots.. Soldiers unloaded supplies from British destroyer.
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Background: Rescue work continues in the earthquake-stricken city of Agadir, Morocco, March 5. Ships of many nations arrived at the devastated port, bringing supplies, drinking water, blankets, and men to help in salvage operations. But the quake's natural aftermath hindered sea-borne helpers. Submarine tremors made offshore waters shallow and rendered charts useless, while wharves, jetties, cranes, and dockyard installations were almost entirely destroyed. Despite difficulties the international task force of mercy pressed ahead with its mission.
Two thousand Moroccan troops were flown into Agadir, and French ships brought 2800 more from Casablanca. They will form a cordon sanitaire around the ravaged city for five weeks, since it is feared that Agadir could become a plague-spot. Troops are machine-gunning rabid dogs, jackals and rats infesting ruins.
After many contradictory reports, plans for the immediate future of Agadir are becoming clearer. Earlier, it was said that complete demolition was imminent in health interests, but discovery of two small girls alive after 80 hours in debris of the Hotel Saada compelled a change of plan. Searching will go on. It seems that Agadir will not be razed entirely. Only dangerous buildings will be demolished. Many modern buildings in the southern part of the town could be repaired.
Plans are afoot for Agadir to live again. King Mohammed V is ready to pledge part of his personal fortune for rebuilding. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, director of salvage and rescue operations, suggested a French or American city might "adopt" Agadir, to help rebuilding.
The new Agadir would be built on solid rock, some miles to the south of the present site; the rubble-strewn expanse of old Agadir would become sports stadium, race-course, swimming pool and playing fields.
But while these optimistic plans were being discussed, two further tremors aroused fresh terror in survivors of the disaster, living in tents at Inezgane 16 miles away, March 4.