The aftermath of the landslide at Aberfan
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Aberfan: Survivors heard the landslide's roar

On 21 October 1966 a coal tip on Merthyr Mountain collapsed so catastrophically it wiped out a generation of schoolchildren.

At Pantglas Junior School, in Aberfan, south Wales, 116 pupils perished, a further 28 adults also died.

Survivors have said they did not see the landslide coming, but heard its incredible roar.

Thousands of tonnes of debris from a colliery spoil tip had slid down the mountain.

On Friday, Wales falls silent as the country remembers the Aberfan disaster 50 years on.

  • 21 Oct 2016