• Short Summary

    BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT RENE BARRIENTOS ORTUNO ON FEBRUARY 29 DECLARED A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY FOLLOWING THE FLOODS WHICH KILLED EIGHT PEOPLE AND MADE 10,000 HOMELESS IN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

  • Description

    BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT RENE BARRIENTOS ORTUNO ON FEBRUARY 29 DECLARED A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY FOLLOWING THE FLOODS WHICH KILLED EIGHT PEOPLE AND MADE 10,000 HOMELESS IN THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THE PRESIDENT ALSO INTRODUCED NEW TAXES TO FINANCE RECONSTRUCTION.

    THIS FILM WAS SHOT IN THE AREA OF COCHABAMBA - ONE OF THE WORST-HIT PLACES WHEN THE FLOODS STRUCK AFTER THE RIVERS PARAPETI, PIRAI AND ROCHA BURST THEIR BANKS ON FEBRUARY 23.

    DAMAGE FROM THE FLOODS IN SEVERAL PROVINCES WAS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 5,000,0000 Y.S. DOLLARS (MORE THAN GBP2,000,000 STERLING) BY THE END OF THAT WEEK.

    THE NEW TAX MEASURES INTRODUCED BY PRESIDENT ORTUNO INCLUDED THE COMPULSORY CONTRIBUTION OF ONE DAY'S SALARY FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE EMPLOYEES AND A SEPARATE LEVY ON CAR OWNERS.

    SYNOPSIS: THE SEVERE FLOODS WHICH CAUSED CHAOS IN MANY PROVINCES OF BOLIVIA AFTER SEVERAL MAJOR RIVERS BURST THEIR BANKS HAVE NOW ABATED, BUT THE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-DAY STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED BY PRESIDENT RENE BARRIENTOS ORTUNO IS STILL IN FORCE.

    THE FLOODS CAUSED THE DEATH OF EIGHT PEOPLE AND LEFT TEN THOUSAND HOMELESS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9EUDE8BF6J9HTYQ02O6WTRR71
    Media URN:
    VLVA9EUDE8BF6J9HTYQ02O6WTRR71
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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