Wednesday, January 27, 1999 Published at 11:55 GMT
Destruction of a proud city
Survivors carry a coffin to the morgue
By South America Correspondent James Reynolds
Late into the evening in Armenia, a hail storm falls on what is left of the city.
Some of those whose houses are destroyed have gathered around small fires.
The city is quiet. Just two days ago Armenia was the proud centre of Colombia's coffee growing industry.
Outside the Red Cross headquarters in the city, hundreds of people made homeless by the earthquake have formed an orderly queue.
When this week began many of these people had jobs, homes and families. Now many have little or nothing left.
There are tears in the eyes of many as they wait in line. Some barely speak, but few show any anger over what's happened.
A few streets away at a small warehouse, members of Armenia's Civil Defence team unpack food parcels flown in by the government.
Since the earthquake, these people, along with so many others in Armenia, have not stopped in their efforts to find the dead and help the living.
Spokeswoman Clara Rodriguez said: "We've found about 468 bodies so far. There's still a lot of searching left to do.
Contact with the outside world is slowly resuming.
Relatives of those in Armenia have begun to fly in to find out who has survived and who has been killed.
But with many bodies still left under the rubble, the answer to that question will not be known for sometime.