ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Conds. in earthquake-stricken Armenia, USSR , reviewed. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Jerry King) Continue rescue efforts in Spitak, Armenia, featured; scenes shown from city and from smaller villages.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Flaws in Soviet system reported pointed out by earthquake and disorg. of rescue efforts. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Problems in rescue organization featured; details given, scenes shown. ["New York Times" Moscow bureau chief Philip TAUBMAN - says there was total chaos at airport.] Responses from Mikhail Gorbachev and "Pravda" to impact of shoddy construction of bldgs. on extent of quake's devastation; scenes shown of Armenians criticizing Gorbachev and of protest march by Armenians as part of continuing feud with neighboring Azerbaijan. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) accuses ethnic factions of political demagoguery.] Econ. impact of recovery on Gorbachev's economy program, perestroika, detailed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Crash of rescue plane in Yerevan, Armenia, and yesterday's crash noted.