• Short Summary

    About 2,000,000 people took part in the world's largest ever earth lift in Bangladesh on Monday (26 April).

  • Description

    About 2,000,000 people took part in the world's largest ever earth lift in Bangladesh on Monday (26 April).

    The earth lift was a reclamation of farmland to counteract the effects of the Farakka Barrage which has severely limited the supply of water from the River Ganges for irrigation in Bangladesh.

    The earth lift took place in Dashpara and Nandina in the Comilao district.

    Officials estimate that the 2,000,000 workers will, within six months, move as much earth as was dug to create the Panama Canal.

    The end result - the production of 800,000 tons of rice more than last year's record crop.

    The Farakka Dam project on the Ganges was started before the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. It controls the flow of the river to prevent silt build up.

    Since it opened last May the Frakka Dam has been a point of contention between the governments of Bangladesh and India.

    Bangladesh claims the allocation of Ganges water for crop irrigation is a "mere pittance" and wants India to release far more.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA54IF09CATNYA36165TT5PP0CG
    Media URN:
    VLVA54IF09CATNYA36165TT5PP0CG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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