• Short Summary

    Concern is mounting in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury, that guerrilla war against the white minority government has broken out on a third front.

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    Concern is mounting in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury, that guerrilla war against the white minority government has broken out on a third front.

    Report from the Rhodesia-Zambia border says that on Friday (7 May) a boat carrying Rhodesian technicians war fired on wile the men were repairing a section of the giant Kariba Dam. Their launch was returning from the Zambian side of the dam when a vehicle with about six uniformed men arrived, took cover and ten began firing from Zambia. Two shots hit the launch, without causing injury to the seven occupants.

    The Kariba Dam and its lake have so far remained immune from guerrilla attacks because of their vital importance to the two bordering countries.

    The hydro-electric power station at Kariba straddles the Zambian-Rhodesian border and serves both countries. The power plant on the Zambian side of the dam is not yet finished, so Zambia's power comes from the Rhodesian side.

    According to B.B.C. reporter Phillip Hayton, Zambian President kenneth kaunda knows that if he allows guerrillas to strike in the region he risks retaliation. The flick of a switch could black-out Zambia's copperbelt and devastate her economy.

    Rhodesians call the shores of Lake Kariba their Riviera. But with this new attack the government now fears that the national playground could turn into a battleground.

    SYNOPSIS: The Kariba Dam on the border of Rhodesia and Zambia, has become the target of new guerrilla attacks.

    On Friday, a boat carrying Rhodesian technicians was fired on from Zambia while the men were repairing a section of the dam.

    The Kariba Dam and its lake have so far remained immune from guerrilla attacks because of their vital importance to both Rhodesia and Zambia. The hydro electric power station at kariba straddles the Zambian - Rhodesian border and serves both countries. It sends power along more than a thousand miles of transmission line.

    The power plant on the Zambian side is not yet finished, so Zambia's power comes from the Rhodesian side. This is the reason why the dam has so far remained untouched by the guerrillas - the flick of a switch could blackout Zambia's copperbelt and devastate her economy.

    Lake Kariba is surrounded by spectacular scenery, ideal for tourists. The Rhodesians call the area their Riviera. But, with this new attack, the government fears that their national playground may turn into a battleground.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA94BTKRJ3YZVN4Y0ZZXOKP0AQ6
    Media URN:
    VLVA94BTKRJ3YZVN4Y0ZZXOKP0AQ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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