The first burgomaster (mayor) of Kikwit, capital of Bandundu Province in Zaire (formerly Congo-Kinshasa) is leading the campaign against one of the region's worst enemies - soil erosion.
SV & GVs Mayor of Kikwit & others inspect erosion damage (5 shots)
SV Trucks arriving to repair damage
SV More evidence of erosion
SV PAN Workmen repairing damage
SV Land-Rover over uneven road with puddles
SVs Men repairing holes in road with shovels
SV Tipper truck filling holes
SV Water channels
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Background: The first burgomaster (mayor) of Kikwit, capital of Bandundu Province in Zaire (formerly Congo-Kinshasa) is leading the campaign against one of the region's worst enemies - soil erosion.
The mayor has thrown all the local resources into the battle, but admits that they are scarcely equal to the challenge. Measures to deal with erosion are included in the programme of the Ministry of Public Works, but so far they have not reached Kikwit.
SYNOPSIS: In Zaire, the mayor of Kikwit, capital of Bandundu Province, is leading the battle against soil erosion which has devastated agricultural land and damaged main roads in the area. Erosion is one of the region's major enemies.
The mayor has thrown all available local resources into the task of repairing past damage and providing protection for the future. But he and the workmen he is employing are well aware that the means at their disposal are scarcely equal to the task that confronts them.
Many roads in the area are badly damaged, and efforts are being made to fill the potholes which are a danger to traffic. The Ministry of Public Works has a programme to remedy the erosion problem and stabilise and surface all the main roads. But until these measures reach the Kikwit area, it is up to local enterprise to fight erosion as best it can.