DamAge - Vajont

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The 2km wide landslide on the other side of the valley from Erto, one of the villages hit by the giant wave. Many of the inhabitants decided to reoccupy the village soon after realizing that the intention of the state was to disperse them to lowlands far away from their home. After living 10 years under pressure from the authorities without electricity and water, Erto is today a growing village. On October 9th 1963 a giant landslide collapses into the artificial lake created by the Vajont Dam in northern Italy, provoking a 250 meters high wave that completely destroys the settlements near the lake and the town of Longarone far down in the valley below the dam. 1910 people lost their lives in a tragedy that easily could have been avoided if it was not for the economical and political interests of powerful men dreaming of the tallest dam in the world. A tragedy that is still alive today in Erto, Casso and Longarone, where the survivers of that disastrous day almost 50 years ago are still fighting for their justice.