In the earthquake devastated areas of Southern Italy, relief operations are now fully underway.
GV PAN Wrecked buildings in Lioni (2 shots)
GV Damaged church
SV Woman cleaning caravan (2 shots)
GV Tents and caravans on football field
GV People standing in line at caravan
GV Loudspeaker van urging people to register
SV Electricians working on cables
SV Snow covering clothing
CU People in camp and gathered around open fire (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR Italian Parliament in session ZOOM SV Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani speaking in Italian
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Background: In the earthquake devastated areas of Southern Italy, relief operations are now fully underway. There's a growing need for better shelter for the thousands of homeless. However, just two weeks after the disaster, there are signs that recovery efforts are progressing smoothly.
SYNOPSIS: In Lioni, as in other villages, up to 80 per cent of the homes, shops and businesses have been destroyed and victims still lie buried. Not even the ancient town church could offer safe refuge. But life of a sort is returning and a growing sense of organisation is marked by this house-wife's concern for order at home. In tents and caravans on football fields, officials are beginning to restore municipal authority.
People line up to present compensation claims and request accommodations and medicine. Some reports indicate many villagers living in tents and caravans are suffering from colds and influenza. All official records were lost in the earthquake and so an immediate concern is a population census. Speaker vans appeal for people to get themselves registered.
Communications and supplies of electricity and water are slowly being restored.
Freezing weather has hindered relief efforts and fresh tremors have caused renewed panic. The worst of the winter is still to come and for the old and sick adequate heated accommodation is needed. Without it, more victims could be added to the toll of the earthquake dead.
A special session (December 4) of the Italian Parliament debated the government's earthquake relief efforts, Strong criticism from the Communists and the Socialists was described by Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani as an attempt to exploit the catastrophe to bring down his government. Mr. Forlani said the government had done everything humanly possible to deal with the effects of the disaster. Italian defence Minister Lelio Lagorio backed the Prime Minister, claiming more than 2,000 soldiers were on the scene within hours of the earthquake. This was achieved despite most of Italy's troops being stationed in the north, far from the disaster area.