Aberfan Disaster (Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales) Reviews
Description:On Friday, 21 October 1966, at 09:15, colliery waste tip number 7 (containing unwanted rock from the local coal mine) ... more
Aberfan Disaster (Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales) ... slid down Merthyr Mountain. As it collapsed, it destroyed twenty houses and a farm, before going on to demolish virtually all of Pantglas Junior School and part of the separate adjacent senior school. The pupils had just left the assembly hall, where they had been singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful", when a great noise was heard outside. Had they left for their classrooms a few minutes later, the loss of life would have been significantly reduced, as the classrooms were on the side of the building nearest the landslide. In total 144 people were killed, 116 of whom were children mostly between the ages of 7 and 10. Five teachers were also killed in the accident. Only a handful of children were rescued from the rubble.
Newest Review: ... was wiped out in that 5-minute landslide and all the children who died were all aged between 7 and 10 years of age. It makes you realise why even strangers who were there on that day trying to aid in the rescue were crying as they dug to try to rescue the victims. Men, Women and children were digging with there bare hand until they bleed to try and reach the children who had been buried by ... more
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by - written on 21/10/06 (Very useful, 4661 readings)
A is for Aberfan. ----------------------------- A Heart rendering Disaster in Welsh History. I have decided to dedicate this review to the memories of the 144 people who lost there lives in the tragedy that hit the small mining community of Aberfan 40 years ago today. I feel it only right to write a review on this sad story so that we can all take the time to remember how lucky we all are and that we should always remember those who lost there lives through this avoidable disaster. It all happened 40 years ago on the 21st October 1966, just before the children were due to break up for there half term holiday. Pantglas Junior School ... Read the complete review