• Short Summary

    Following droughts in northern Europe last summer, a long dry spell in Argentina this winter has caused the deaths of thousands of cattle in Chaco province alone, and with summer approaching, the situation is serious.

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    Following droughts in northern Europe last summer, a long dry spell in Argentina this winter has caused the deaths of thousands of cattle in Chaco province alone, and with summer approaching, the situation is serious.

    SYNOPSIS: The worst hit areas are the northern provinces where the most desperately short areas are being supplied by train. The Belgrano railway has been carrying water in tank wagons to these areas since July, mid-winter. Each one of the wagons, in this consignment of 18, carries 10,000 gallons (45,000 litres) of the precious liquid.

    Visnews cameraman Jorge Casal travelled aboard one of these water trains through the north central Chaco province. It visited the worst hit areas of Pampa del Infierno, or Hell's Pampa, Rio Muerto, the Dead River and the driest region, El Cabure.

    In some areas the lack of water is total. People rush to greet the train as it pulls into each station. They bring buckets, barrels, anything that will hold water. This young boy was too late, he missed the train.

    At one stage the shortage was so acute in their homes that people waiting for water from the trains fought amongst each other. But for most of these people, who have lived in this arid zone all their lives, the situation is serious. All wells and lagoons have dried up, and the rivers reduced to a mere trickle.

    Agriculture in the area is also being seriously hit. More than one hundred thousand cattle have died in the Chaco province alone. Farmers report that their existing stock are losing weight rapidly.

    There seems to be no relief form the hot sun, and with no rain in sight either people look forward with apprehension to summer with the water pipes already dry.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KF10ZOGY9TQD4IQ6ZNXKXX59
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KF10ZOGY9TQD4IQ6ZNXKXX59
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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