• Short Summary

    The water supply of the Angolan capital, Luanda, is back to normal after a two-day interruption caused by an artillery exchange between troops of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA).

  • Description

    The water supply of the Angolan capital, Luanda, is back to normal after a two-day interruption caused by an artillery exchange between troops of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA).

    At the weekend the MPLA was in control of the town of Quifangonda, the source of Luanda's water supply, about twenty kilometres (12 miles) northeast of the capital. There were no signs that the pump station had been damaged in two nights of shelling, and government officials in Luanda said that technicians at the station had fled when they heard the artillery shots.

    In the exchange MPLA troops blew up a bridge on the River Bengo about four kilometres (two and a half miles) northwest of Quifangonda on the road to the FNLA-held town of Caxito, thirty kilometres (18 miles) away.

    With the scheduled independence of Angola from Portugal - due on 11 November - fast approaching, the MPLA, the FNLA and a third movement, the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) are still wrestling for control of the territory.

    In MPLA-held Luanda several thousand people massed outside the Government Palace to pledge support for the MPLA and its policy of accepting power on its own when Portugal grants independence.

    But many people are not staying around to see the final result - they are joining the long lines of refugees who are trying to board a plane out of the country. One report says that British and American aircraft are evacuating 1,500 people daily from Luanda to Lisbon.

    There are fears that unless a last minute move to form a body comprising representatives of the three liberation groups can be set up to accept independence from Portugal, the situation will explode into a full scale civil war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8JRP9ESLLKJR9ZRQFS8MBMDTD
    Media URN:
    VLVA8JRP9ESLLKJR9ZRQFS8MBMDTD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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