Rescue operations were in full swing Mar 2 at Morocco's seaport and tourist resort of Agadir, where the search was continuing for an estimated three or four thousand inhabitants and visiting tourists, missing since the disastrous earthquake, in the last hour of Feb 29, which virtually razed the town to the ground.
GV PAN..From Agadir seafront pan out to warships.
GV PAN..Fleet of ships.
LTV Wrecked street in f/g destroyer and aircraft carrier out to sea.
LV Partly demolished house.
CU PAN..Ditto, rescue workers at base of building.
STV Householder sits outside with her possessions.
CU French naval rescue workers.
SCU Rescue worker with mask over nose.
SV Homeless huddled against wall.
SCU PAN..Body is carried away on stretcher.
CU PAN..Homeless aged people.
LV PAN..Survivors look for news of relatives among the French community.
SV Survivors look for news of relatives among the French community.
CU PAN..Ditto - zoom into list.
LV PAN..Tent encampment for homeless.
SV Tent dwellers.
CU PAN..Woman with child.
SV Women cook on oil stove.
CU PAN..Homeless in trucks.
REAR V..Truck drives off.
LV Planes on airfield.
SV People with baggage.
CU Woman with child.
LV U.S. Plane.
SV Injured person is carried onto plane.
SV Another injured person carried aboard.
CU PAN..From cases to small girl with doll.
CU Girl with doll.
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Background: Rescue operations were in full swing Mar 2 at Morocco's seaport and tourist resort of Agadir, where the search was continuing for an estimated three or four thousand inhabitants and visiting tourists, missing since the disastrous earthquake, in the last hour of Feb 29, which virtually razed the town to the ground.
Sailors of a French naval squadron, including an aircraft carrier available as a hospital unit, were among the many helpers to arrive from many nations. Dutch and Spanish ships also hurried towards the Moroccan coast, British 'Shackletons' flew in medical supplies from Gibraltar, and aircraft of various countries continued their non-stop airlift of casualties from Agadir airfield to medical centres throughout Morocco. US Air Force 'Skymasters' have been transformed into flying ambulances.
Medical supplies, blankets, food, petrol and water are desperately needed in the utterly devastated area where thousands are camping along the two miles of road from city to airport, barely sheltered by tents, waiting their turn to be taken away from the scene of horror before an epidemic breaks out. In the ravaged city searchers, armed with picks, shovels and pneumatic drills, are recovering body after body from mountains of rubble. Some 2,000 bodies have so far been found and few are the survivors who did not lose relatives or friends in the night of blood-curdling disaster when a whole city fell into ruins and the voice of agony rose a thousand fold to the sky.
No one in Agadir has even hoped to make an accurate count of the dead, and only 2,000 injured people have been listed at an improvised casualty clearing station at the naval air bases outside the city. The number of homeless in the area is put at 40,000. An official assessment of the situation is not expected for some time since chaos prevails to such an extent that it will take days to trace all people caught in the catastrophe, whether inhabitants or sun-seeking visitors who met tragedy where looked for relaxation.