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ITALIAN QUAKE LOSSES GROW TEMBLOR LEVELS CITIES NEW DANGER FROM FLOODS BY ALICE ROHE, Unite Press Staff Correspondent Rome, Jan. 15. Every hour swells the casualty list of the earthquake disaster. Official and unofficial re ports reaching Premier Salandra. in charge of the relief work, show that towns heretofore believed immune have suffered. The latest estimates Of the dead say that at least 30,000 fell victims to the quake. The list of injured may reach 100,000. The minister of public works, who is at the scene of the disaster, today wired Premier Salandra that every city, town and village in the Lira val ley has been damaged, with many of the inhabitants dead and wounded. The government is still greatly con cerned about conditions' at Magliano de Marsi, where refugees reported that 1,300 persons had been killed. The water supply of practically every city and town in the earth quake zone has been cut off. Fortu nately at only a few points did fire occur in the ruins. If the ruins had caught fire the death list would have been very greatly increased, as at many points victims were entombed for more than 24 hours before the soldiers managed to dig them out. The valley below stricken Avezzano is now facing a new danger. The out flow of Lake Fucino has been dammed by the earthquake and it is feared that unless this 'speedily can be remedied a break will come and the valley will be flooded. Engineers are at work now endeavoring to solve this problem. Many of the victims were buried alive in the ruins of their homes. Re ports from the stricken section say the soldiers are taking many persons out alive, but for the most part se riously hurt. Twenty of the 150 girls who were penned in the ruins of the young women's seminary in Av ezzano were taken out alive. All of the others perished. Fragmentary stories reaching here tell of hundreds of cases of heroism. Mothers sacrificed their lives for their babies. Fathers died that their chil dren might live. Men dug frantically into the ruins under tottering walls in response to groaDs and appeals for help from buried victims. So far as is yet known at no point was there any cowardice or any brutality of the strong against the weak. Many of the survivors went tempo rarily insane as a result of their ex perience. Men who found their en tire families crushed to death in the ruins of their hdmes and women who managed themselves to reach safety when they found that their loved ones had perished tried in turn to kill themselves and had to be restrained. One of the students at the normal college at Avezzano, Miss Torsetti, had a remarkable escape from death. She was dug out of the ruined struc ture today unhurt but hysterical from her experience. "When the shock came;" she said, "my companions and all of the teach ers were in the college chapel at morning prayer. Suddenly the great gold cross was shaken from the al tar and fell to the floor. At the same time the entire building shook and then the walls began to crumble. Many of the girls fell fainting to the flor. The remainder fled screaming from the room and down the stairs. "I managed to reach the lower floor. The remainder fled screaming When I revived I found myself in a dark room. There was no way of getting out. Many of my chums were there, moaning and badly hurt. A teacher lay at my feet, dead. I tried the door, but they were blocked with debris. There was no way of getting to the windows. "I tried to revive some of nry chums but many were dead. It was terribly cold and my sufferings were Jjntense. Finally today I heard voices MMMHiHl aiatmammammmtummii .-.. . - CIvX.