• Short Summary

    Flood disaster struck the province of Taiwan, Central Formosa, following the heaviest rainfall on the Island for 62 years.

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    LV. Flood area
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    SV. Collapsed bridge
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    SCU. Wreckage of train lines
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    SV.UP Branches round telephone pylon
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    SV. Grass and branches round phone wire
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    SV?PAN Wreckage in street
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    GV. Rescuers clearing wreckage in street
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    SCU. Wreckage
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    SV. Survivors living accommodation
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    SCU. Survivors eating
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    CU. Baby clutches mothers knee
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    SV. Flooded yard
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    SV. Rescuers at work
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    SCU. DITTO
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    GV.PAN Street
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    SV. Survivors taken from helicopter
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    SCU. Women taken from helicopter
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    SCU. Survivors enter ambulance
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    SV. Ambulance drives away
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Flood disaster struck the province of Taiwan, Central Formosa, following the heaviest rainfall on the Island for 62 years.

    Nearly 24 2/1 inches of rain fell in 36 hours in Taichung, and at Changhua the railway station lay under seven feet of water.

    At least 600 people lost their lives, and thousands were injured as a raging torrent of water swept away houses, bridges, roads, and railway lines.

    Ten thousand acres of farmland are under water, the two main crops rive and sugar, being badly damaged.

    Helicopters help to carry some of the injured to comfort and safety as the rescue work goes on but hundreds are still missing.

    President Chiang Kai-shek ordered all his troops to help in rescue operations whilst American forces are moving emergency relief supplies to Changhua, city of 70,000 souls, hardest hit by floods.

    Taiwan Governor Mr. Chou Chih-jou is organising relief and rehabilitation on the spot, in this, Formosa's worst natural disaster of the century.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACNNVW0KRMT7V6ENTK024VW59
    Media URN:
    VLVACNNVW0KRMT7V6ENTK024VW59
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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