• Short Summary

    As the Lebanese civil war continues, the fighting in and around Beirut has resulted in an additional hardship for the population.

  • Description

    As the Lebanese civil war continues, the fighting in and around Beirut has resulted in an additional hardship for the population.

    SYNOPSIS: Apart from the constant threat to life and limb from shelling, gunfire and explosions the people of the beleaguered city now have to contend with a serious water shortage. This has been caused by an almost total power blackout, with the new high tension lines still functioning before the fighting resumed now damaged. This has shut down water pumping stations and running water is now increasingly scarce. In most parts of Beirut people are ferrying water in cans and buckets to their houses from distribution points.

    Bottled drinking water has doubled in price and the cost of a gallon (4.456 litres) of ordinary tap water is now one poind sterling (about 1.7 U.S. dollars). Cars bringing water into the city from wells and rivers in the surrounding countryside arrive at about seven o'clock in the morning. By the time they are ready to dispense their vital cargo the queues have already formed. Many people have to carry their supplies for a mile or more - and its mostly women and children who are co-opted for the job.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA16ZJXMJ6V5Q62QLCDHG2DSD74
    Media URN:
    VLVA16ZJXMJ6V5Q62QLCDHG2DSD74
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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