- Title: EL SALVADOR: HOSPITALS SWAMPED WITH PATIENTS FOLLOWING EARTHQUAKE
- Date: 17th January 2001
- Summary: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (JANUARY 16, 2001) (REUTERS) 1. GV EARLY MORNING VIEW OF SAN SALVADOR 0.04 2. SLV EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL 0.11 3. SLV PATIENTS LYING ON FLOOR OF HOSPITAL; SCU NURSE GIVING WOMAN WATER (5 SHOTS) 0.27 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED PATIENT SAYING "I hope my husband's family goes to see my children where I live." 0.35 5. MV PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL BEDS 0.38 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOCTOR JORGE FLORES SAYING "It is lamentable for us to have these patients in these conditions because we can't do anything more." 0.47 7. SCU YOUNG WOMAN IN BED; MV NURSES AT WORK (2 SHOTS) 0.54 8. SLV PEOPLE STANDING AND SLEEPING IN STREETS, AFTER AFTERSHOCK; SCU OLDER WOMAN CRYING; MV YOUTH STANDING IN STREET, WRAPPED IN BLANKET (6 SHOTS) 1.35 9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN SAYING "Because of the aftershocks my floor and walls have been damaged, they are falling down and I am afraid to be there, it is trembling constantly. Three happened tonight, and it trembled strongly. I am here since it began." 2.01 10. SLV PEOPLE LYING OUTSIDE 2.07 SANTA TECLA, EL SALVADOR (JANUARY 16, 2001) (REUTERS) 11. SLV MILITARY AND POLICE BLOCKING AREA OF LANDSLIDE (5 SHOTS) 2.39 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 1st February 2001 12:00
- Location: SAN SALVADOR AND SANTA TECLA, EL SALVADOR
- Country: El Salvador
- Reuters ID: LVA196RBUBKHFTOJV5R3FHML8IAE
- Story Text: Hospitals in El Salvador have been swamped with
patients following Saturday's (January 13) massive earthquake
that killed over 600 people. A strong aftershock rattled San
Salvador during the early morning hours on Tuesday, leaving
many people too frightened to sleep in their homes.
Meanwhile, authorities have blocked off one of the hardest
hit areas in order to install equipment that will enable them
to listen for survivors.
Staff at San Salvador's Rosales hospital on Tuesday
(January 16) were forced to treat patients on floors and in
hallways after Saturday's (January 13) 7.6-magnitude quake
left more than 2,000 people injured.
"It is lamentable for us to have these patients in these
conditions because we can't do anything more," said Doctor
Police raised the death toll late on Monday (January 15)
from about 400 dead to 609, with 2,365 people injured and
about 38,000 homes partly or totally destroyed. More than 500
are missing and feared dead.
Tens of thousands of people in El Salvador slept outdoors
in the early hours on Tuesday after the earthquake buried
Strong aftershocks continued to rattle buildings and
trigger landslides across the Central American nation of 6.2
"Because of the aftershocks my floor and walls have been
damaged, they are falling down and I am afraid to be there, it
is trembling constantly. Three happened tonight, and it
trembled strongly. I am here since it began," said one woman
who was visibly shaken.
Meanwhile, in Santa Clara, where most of the deaths
occurred, rescue crew returned to the area as authorities
blocked access to the area on Tuesday in order to install
equipment that would enable them to listen for any survivors.
The quake, whose epicenter was off the Pacific coast,
about 65 miles southeast (105 km) of the capital, was felt as
far north as Mexico City. Guatemalan officials said the death
toll there was six.
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