A massive relief operation continues in North Yemen after a series of earthquakes devastated villages in densely populated Dhamar province int he latter part of December, 1982.
GV PAN Ruined town of Resaba
GVs People sifting through rubble (5 shots)
GVs Temporary school, children receiving books (3 shots)
GVs Destroyed Mosque in Duron (3 shots)
GV PAN Camp in valley (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Red Cross tent
SV Children wandering among the ruins
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Background: A massive relief operation continues in North Yemen after a series of earthquakes devastated villages in densely populated Dhamar province int he latter part of December, 1982. The quakes were the first in the Red Sea country's modern history. The death toll exceeded 3,000,180 villages were badly damaged and an estimated 400,000 people were made homeless. The town of Resaba was among those hit by the initial earthquake which measured six on the Richter scale, Most of the buildings left standing were destroyed by a second quake only days later and earth tremors that continued for several weeks. Rescue workers and surviving residents were hampered in their relief efforts by the inaccessibility of the region and, in some cases, lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Hundreds of army trucks have been providing food, water, clothes, medicine and blankets to the survivors, supported by a massive international airlift to North Yemen. Aircraft from a number of countries brought in doctors, nurses and emergency supplies for use in tent-cities established in the quake-zone. The earthquakes have dealt a severe blow to the economy of North Yemen, one of the world's poorest nations. Hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for development projects will now be directed to reconstruction and rehabilitation.