• Short Summary

    RIO DE JANEIRO, HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM AN UNPRECEDENTED EARLY HEATWAVE. ON THURSDAY, TEMPERATURES ROSE?

  • Description

    RIO DE JANEIRO, HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM AN UNPRECEDENTED EARLY HEATWAVE. ON THURSDAY, TEMPERATURES ROSE AS HIGH AS 106 DEGREES, A RECORD FOR DECEMBER. RIO'S HOTTEST WEATHER IS NORMALLY IN FEBRUARY, THE HEIGHT OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE SUMMER.

    THE HEAT WAVE STRUCK AFTER A SEVERE DROUGHT, DESCRIBED AS THE WORST IN NEARLY ONE HUNDRED YEARS. RESERVOIRS DROPPED TO TEN PER CENT OF CAPACITY IN OCTOBER. SOME RAIN SINCE THEN HAD PARTIALLY RELIVED THE WATER SHORTAGE, BUT THE HEAT WAVE HAS IMPOSED A NEW STRAIN ON THE DEPLETED SUPPLIES.

    THE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IS ANTIQUATED AND HAS BEEN INADEQUATE TO THE CITY'S NEEDS FOR MANY YEARS. OBSERVERS SAY THE CITY HAS GROWN FASTER THAN ITS PIPELINES. SEEPAGE FROM THE SEWER SYSTEMS INTO THE DRINKING WATER PIPING HAS RENDERED THE CITY'S TAP WATER UNDRINKABLE. MANY CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE SLUM AREAS, DO NOT BOIL WATER BEFORE DRINKING IT, AND THIS HAS CAUSED 400 CASES OF TYPHOID SINCE SEPTEMBER.

    THE DROUGHT, HEATWAVE, AND CONTAMINATED WATER HAVE COMBINED TO CAUSE 1,242 CASES OF DEHYDRATION AND 86 DEATHS IN RIO AND ITS SUBURBS SINCE SEPTEMBER. CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY HARD HIT. INFANT DYSENTARY AND DIARRHOEA HAVE BROUGHT DEHYDRATION WHICH IS INTENSIFIED DURING THE HEAT WAVE.

    DURING THE CURRENT HEAT WAVE, TRUCKS HAVE BEEN USED TO DISTRIBUTE WATER. MANY RESIDENTS OF THE CITY HAVE HAD TO QUEUE UP TO GET WATER FROM ISOLATED OUTDOOR TAPS, CARRYING IT IN A VARIETY OF EMERGENCY CONTAINERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA86ZH2NMLDGC5MQ90MOYN7BYL5
    Media URN:
    VLVA86ZH2NMLDGC5MQ90MOYN7BYL5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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