• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE GABES REGION OF SOUTHERN TUNISIA AFTER FLOODS CAUSED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PEOPLE IN MUD-COVERED SQUARE
    0.06

    2.
    SV PAN WATER FALLS
    0.10

    3.
    SV DEAD ANIMALS
    0.13

    4.
    LV DEAD ANIMALS REMOVED (3 SHOTS)
    0.26

    5.
    LV MEN CLEARING AWAY MUD (2 SHOTS)
    0.39

    6.
    CU MUD PAN OVER BELONGINGS IN STREET
    0.45

    7.
    SV MUD IN STREET
    0.50

    8.
    LV CAR STUCK IN MUD
    0.54

    9.
    CU DITTO
    0.57

    10.
    CU MUD PAN UP TO FAMILY IN DOORWAY
    1.02

    11.
    SV TRAVEL SHOT ALONG FLOODED ROAD
    1.07

    12.
    LV LORRIES BRINGING IN SUPPLIES
    1.11

    13.
    CU DITTO
    1.18



    Initials KJ/S/WH/SGM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THOUSANDS HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE GABES REGION OF SOUTHERN TUNISIA AFTER FLOODS CAUSED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS ON SUNDAY NIGHT. MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WERE DROWNED AND THE DEATH TOLL IS STILL EXPECTED TO RISE. COMMUNICATIONS WITH VILLAGES IN THE INTERIOR HAVE BEEN CUT OFF.

    IN GABES, SCHOOLS, BARRACKS AND A HOSPITAL HAVE BEEN USED TO HOUSE FLOOD VICTIMS. WORK STARTED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ON RESTORING ELECTRICITY AND CLEARING THE CITY'S MUD-BLOCKED ROADS. HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS TURNED OUT TO COLLECT AND BURY LIVESTOCK DROWNED IN THE FLOODS.

    DISASTER STRUCK GABES AT 3 A.M. TAKING THE SLEEPING POPULATION BY SURPRISE. A RECORD RAINFALL OF EIGHT INCHES WITHIN FOUR HOURS - MORE THAN THE ANNUAL AVERAGE IN THE AREA -- SWELLED THE WAD GABES, THE STREAM WATERING THE CITY'S OASIS OF DATE PALMS, BY 13 FEET. THE FREAK FLOOD TURNED THE CITY INTO A WASTE OF MUD AND WATER.

    VOLUNTEERS, SOLDIERS AND FIREMAN WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO BRING RELIEF TO THE INJURED AND THE HOMELESS. CONVOYS OF TRUCKS WITH SUPPLIES AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT PLOUGHED OVER SUBMERGED ROADS TO REACH FLOOD-STRICKEN VILLAGES IN THE INTERIOR.

    WHEN THE FLOOD WATERS FELL, THE STREETS OF GABES WERE LEFT KNEE-DEEP IN MUD. SOME OF THE ROADS LEADING OUT OF THE CITY WERE UNUSABLE, AND THE RAILWAY BRIDGE ON THE GABES-TUNIS LINE HAD BEEN WASHED AWAY. HALF THE DATE CROP IN THE REGION, WORTH MORE THAN THREE-QUARTER MILLION POUNDS, WAS DESTROYED.

    THE TUNISIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOW CONSIDERING PLANS TO DIVERT THE WAD GABES BY A CANAL, TAKING ITS WATERS FROM THE LANDWARD SIDE OF THE TOWN TO THE MEDITERRANEAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF481PX6AM6XPODWWLR54YY0QX
    Media URN:
    VLVAF481PX6AM6XPODWWLR54YY0QX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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