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).
SV PAN FROM MPLA flag TO local garrison and armed troops on truck (3 shots)
SV Troops on roadside (3 shots)
GV Pumping station with signs painted on wall
SV Soldier stops lorry at road block PAN TO soldier patrolling
SV Children PAN TO MPLA soldiers with weapons (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Woman and child on highway TO truck carrying goods
LV People standing near pumping house
GV ZOOM TO Buildings in Funda town
SV Troops on hillside and returning to lorry
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 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.