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Edexcel Eng Lang Non Fiction Reading Anthology | Natural Forces and Nature

pdodd | Friday September 26, 2014

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Natural Forces and Nature

20TH Century Extracts

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This newspaper article from 1966 looks at the disaster at Aberfan in Wales and asks a series of questions

Disaster at Aberfan

How could it happen? A heap of waste, a man-made hill, dissolves in the rain and suddenly engulfs a school. South Wales is a land of slag-heaps. Its people live in their shadow. Why did this one move? The Coal Board must find out, and the answer may not be soothing. Miners are not careless men, but in some way had not forseen the waste they had piled round Aberfan had become unsafe. South Wales will be a restless place until we know why.

Meanwhile mere words can do nothing to help.

The Welsh, who are used to tragedy, have now suffered their worst. The pits themselves do not kill children.

A disaster which overwhelms a school is a disaster of a special type. In ten minutes a community has lost something like half its children. Their absence will haunt their valley for sixty years to come. No amount of sympathy can fill a gap like that.

There was, though, yesterday an inspiring work of rescue, which continued through the night. There was no delay, no lack of equipment, no lack of skills or resolution. Against all odds, the rescuers found a few...


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