• Short Summary

    NEAR SENDAI AND KUJI CITY, IWATE PREFECTURE, JAPAN

    Nearly 15,000 firemen, troops and police using helicopters fought forest fires in Northern Japan on April 27 and 28 which destroyed about 60 houses and led to the evacuation of more than 1,000 people.

  • Description

    1. AVs Fires in forest area near Sendai with trees burning fiercely and much smoke. (4 SHOTS) 0.29
    2. AVs Large barn on fire. (2 SHOTS) 0.47
    3. GVs Buildings are damped down by spraying water from hoses. (3 SHOTS) 0.56
    4. GVs Night scenes of buildings burning as firemen spray water from hoses on the flames. (4 SHOTS) 1.23
    5. GV INTERIOR Old people, who have been evacuated from affected areas, in chairs and lying on makeshift beds. (2 SHOTS) 1.45
    6. GVs People watch as houses burn. (2 SHOTS) 1.52
    7. GVs Women weep over their lost homes. (2 SHOTS) 2.04
    8. GVs Firemen fighting small fire in wood. (2 SHOTS) 2.11
    9. AV Helicopter flying and spraying. 2.23
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    Background: NEAR SENDAI AND KUJI CITY, IWATE PREFECTURE, JAPAN

    Nearly 15,000 firemen, troops and police using helicopters fought forest fires in Northern Japan on April 27 and 28 which destroyed about 60 houses and led to the evacuation of more than 1,000 people. One of the bigger fires, near the coastal city of Kuji, was brought under control on April 28, but not before six people were injured and 24 left homeless in the area. Another fire which raged near Sendai, 300 kilometres (187 miles) north-east of Tokyo, caused the evacuation of a school and 500 homes. In a desperate attempt to save their houses, residents hosed them down as the flames raged nearby. But for some it was a fight against impossible odds and they could only stand by helplessly and watch as the flames from their burning homes lit up the night sky. The Sendai fire started when winds of up to 70 kilometres (44 miles) per hour fanned flames as workmen were burning off an area being cleared in thickly-wooded hills. The ordeal was worst for the old who had to suffer the ignominy of spending the night on chairs and makeshift beds in a public hall in addition to the anguish for some of them, the loss of the homes they had worked and save for. Some women wept openly as they surveyed the charred remains of what had once been the centre of their family life.

    Source: NIPPON HOSO KYOKAI (NHK)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD7GLYEIXBTXSV2WYXMAH6YMJ2
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7GLYEIXBTXSV2WYXMAH6YMJ2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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