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CADIZ EXPLOSION KILLS 1,000 MADRID (A.A.P.). - Estimates of the deathroll in Monday night's terrific munitions explosions in Cadiz were given yesterday as 1000.
RESCUE SQUADS worked all night in the glare of floodlights to reach scores of people still believed trapped. There is still no indication of what caused the first blast, which, in addition to exploding about 140 torpedoes, set off a chain of explosions among 1000 mines. A Spanish correspondent in Cadiz at the time of the explosion said: '"All round me buildings seemed to have been wrecked in a few agonislng moments. A happy, industrious city was converted in to a place of terror. The sky was coloured red." Grim Scenes The correspondent continued:- "More blasts rolled like artillery. Great buildings trembled wildly, and running people, some scream ing in hysteria, suddenly filled the streets. I went towards the San Severiano quarter. A girl was pulling a leg protruding from the wreck of a house. She called: 'It's my father. Help me!' 'A priest administered the last rites to a dying man. There were screams from a burning house and a smell of searing flesh." he said. Spanish officials described the explosions as "the biggest disaster of the century." Hospitals Overflow Hospitals throughout the area are overflowing. There is insufficient medical help, despite the arrival of doctors from' other towns in re sponse to radio appeals. The explosion wrecked La Casa Cuna orphanage, and it is feared that most of its 120 children and nuns lie dead beneath the debris. The blast caused Madre De Dios Hospital to cave in. It is feared that 100 workers are entombed un der the wreckage of a small fac tory near the scene of the blast. Roads leading to Cadiz are con gested with fugitives abandoning the area, and the incoming traffic is aggravating the confusion, as Cadiz is built on a peninsula and the town is supplied and fed by only one main road. It is impossible to hazard a guess at the damage, but it is calculated that the two shipyards, where 700 night shift men were working at the time of the exolosion, have been totally destroyed. Their value is put at £2,000,000.