The ancient Egyptian ruins of Philae south of Cairo near the Aswan Dam are being slowly lost to the flood waters of the Nile.
GV PULL BACK ruins semi submerged by water
SV Entrance flanked by carvings
SV Arch TILT DOWN to water mark on wall
Tracking shot past colonnade
SV & CU Carvings on walls and ceilings(7 shots)
GV and SV Agilkie Island with rock summit
CU Model showing strata
SV Model showing top of island levelled(2 shots)
CU sketch showing temple relocated on new site
GV & travel shot of present ruins
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Background: The ancient Egyptian ruins of Philae south of Cairo near the Aswan Dam are being slowly lost to the flood waters of the Nile.
Caught between the High Dam and the Aswan Dam, the temples on Philas are permanently submerged and their walls and foundations are being weakened by the water.
The flooding of Philas started at the turn of the century with the first attempts to build the Aswan Dam. Form 1934, the temples were flooded throughout the year except during the dry season. But following the construction of the High Dam at Sadd al Ali in the 1960's the island of Philas has remained permanently flooded.
Several rescue plane have been considered by an international group of experts called upon by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO).
The experts have decided that -- like Abu Simbel -- the temples of Philae will be moved to a new site. To cover the costs of the operation, UNESCO, at the request of the Egyptian government has launched an appeal of 14-million dollars (nearly 6-million peunda Sterling) -- of which the Egyptian government will contribute a third.
The new home for the temples is the granite island of Agilkia, a short distance form Philae. The rescue plan will take five years and preliminary work has already begun.