NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 25, 1972
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(Studio) Aftershocks of quake continue in Managua, Nicaragua. Evacuation now a problem. Plague, pestilence feared. 1000-5000 said killed. Damage enormous. General Anastasio Somoza tries to clear city of people by offers of food and water.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Managua, Nicaragua) No Christmas at all in Managua. Cathedral damaged and closed. Other churches likewise. Christmas decorations piled with rest of rubble. Somoza directs operation from lawn of home. Managua may be moved if geologists skeptical of rebuilding. [SOMOZA - Predicts long period to return to normal.] Pure water, food, housing, chief needs. United States and other ntns., include Cuba, come to aid. Supplies not handled with needed dispatch. Earth trembles with aftershock. Main hospital unusable. US flies in portable hospital. Inadequate. Many refugee from Managua. Others stay.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen