• Short Summary

    The people of Keta, in the Volta region of Ghana, are fighting a grim battle to save their town from the ever-advancing sea.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Beach at Keta
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    2.
    GV Fishermen and children pulling ropes to hold wooden wall in place
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    3.
    GV Sea pounding against wall (4 shots)
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    4.
    GV Deserted buildings near beach (4 shots)
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    5.
    SV Workers clearing sand off road
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    6.
    SV & GV Wall on beach at Keta
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    Initials BB/1950



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The people of Keta, in the Volta region of Ghana, are fighting a grim battle to save their town from the ever-advancing sea.

    SYNOPSIS: Keta was originally built on a sandbar extending for four miles (6.4 kilometres) from a lagoon across to the coast. But since 1905 more than a mile has been reclaimed by the angry ocean. Numerous sea walls have been built, but all have failed to arrest the relentless erosion. In the latest bid to save their town people are working alongside Public Works personnel to fill the beach with rocks which will be the foundation for a new wall.

    Already 8,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed. Others still stand--unsafe but inhabited by elderly people who refuse to move. In fact the majority of the population has rejected the option of resettlement on higher ground. Roads too have suffered from the watery onslaught and a lot of money is spent each year to keep them useable. But despite the problems the people are determined to stay and fight, for they're mainly fishermen and to live on the coast is a necessity.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADUFP19ERBME1K6B30TD1OTCAA
    Media URN:
    VLVADUFP19ERBME1K6B30TD1OTCAA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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