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    TOKYO, ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CITIES, IS DRYING UP. MOST OF ITS TEN MILLION?

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    TOKYO, ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CITIES, IS DRYING UP. MOST OF ITS TEN MILLION CITIZENS ARE WITHOUT WATER FOR UP TO 17 HOURS EVERY DAY, AND CITY OFFICIALS WARN THAT WATER SOON MAY FLOW THROUGH CITY TAPS FOR ONLY TWO HOURS A DAY. REASON FOR THE STRINGENT WATER RATIONING IS AN UNUSUALLY DRY WINTER AND THE LATENESS OF THE SPRING RAINY SEASON, WHICH HAS YET TO OCCUR.

    THE THREE RESERVOIRS THAT SUPPLY WATER TO THE JAPANESE CAPITAL CONTAINED LESS THAN ONE-FIFTH OF THEIR NORMAL SUPPLY WHEN FILMED MAY 8. THE HARD BAKED BOTTOMS COULD BE SEEN IN MANY PLACES, AND TREES WERE AGAIN ABOVE SURFACE AS THE LEVEL DROPPED. FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY PARKS WERE SHUT DOWN, AND SCHOOLCHILDREN WERE EATING PACKED LUNCHES AT THEIR DESKS BECAUSE SCHOOL MEALS SERVICES WERE CURBED THROUGH INABILITY TO WASH UTENSILS AFTERWARDS, AND THEY TOOK THEIR OWN DRINKING WATER TO CLASS IN BOTTLES. WATER TANK TRUCKS ARE ASSIGNED TO FIRE STATIONS, SO FIREMEN CAN TAKE THEIR OWN WATER WITH THEM IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.

    RATIONING BEGAN TWO WEEKS AGO IN 17 OF TOKYO'S 25 DISTRICTS BETWEEN 10 P.M. AND 5 A.M., BUT THESE MEASURES MERELY SLOWED THE DROP IN WATER LEVELS. APPROXIMATELY 47-MILLION TONS OF WATER REMAIN IN THE RESERVOIRS, AND OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THAT IF THE FIGURE DROPS BELOW 40-MILLION TONS, WATER WILL BE RATIONED TO TWO HOURS DAILY THROUGHOUT THE CITY. FORECASTERS GLUMLY PREDICT A SCANT RAINY SEASON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6N3HM8WQNG0KHWMI5IHI1LLR
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6N3HM8WQNG0KHWMI5IHI1LLR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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