• Short Summary

    HEAVY RAINS ARE PLACING AN INCREASING STRAIN ON THE ALREADY DIFFICULT TASK OF KEEPING THE 1,200 MILE (1,920 KMS) TANZANIA-ZAMBIA HIGHWAY, THE GREAT NORTH ROAD, OPEN TO TRAFFIC.

  • Description

    HEAVY RAINS ARE PLACING AN INCREASING STRAIN ON THE ALREADY DIFFICULT TASK OF KEEPING THE 1,200 MILE (1,920 KMS) TANZANIA-ZAMBIA HIGHWAY, THE GREAT NORTH ROAD, OPEN TO TRAFFIC. THE ROUTE IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE IN KEEPING SUPPLIES, CHIEFLY PETROL, FLOWING INTO LANDLOCKED ZAMBIA.

    LAST MONTH A STRETCH OF THE ROAD FROM TANZANIA, WHICH HAS EARNED ITSELF THE NAME OF "HELL RUN", BECAME IMPASSABLE AS THE DIRT SURFACE WAS CHURNED INTO A RIVER OF MUD A FEW MILES NORTH OF TUNDUNA ON THE TANZANIAN BORDER.

    CONTRACTORS WORKING ON THE ROAD RUSHED VEHICLES TO THE AREA TO PULL THROUGH FUEL TRUCKS HEADED FOR ZAMBIA, AND BROUGHT EQUIPMENT TO REPAIR THE ROAD.

    SINCE THEN A ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. THE LORRIES NOW USE ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD FOR THREE DAYS AND THE OTHER FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK WHILE REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT WORK GOES AHEAD.

    FUEL AND OTHER GOODS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN FROM THE NORTH SINCE THE END OF 1965 WHEN FUEL SANCTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON BREAKAWAY RHODESIA WHICH ALSO HALTED ZAMBIAN SUPPLIES FROM THE SOUTH.

    RATIONING FOLLOWED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, MOTORISTS BEING DIVIDED INTO PRIVATE AND ESSENTIAL USER CATEGORIES. THE PRESENT ALLOCATION IS SIX GALLONS A MONTH.

    BUT THIS SHOULD BE ZAMBIA'S LAST SEASON OF FUEL SHORTAGES. A PIPELINE BEING BUILT FROM DAR ES SALAAM IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

    THE COMPLETION DATE TAKES ON ADDED IMPORTANCE AFTER AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ZAMBIA-TANZANIA ROAD SERVICES THAT CHARGES FOR HAULING GOODS ALONG THE GREAT NORTH ROAD WILL BE INCREASED BY ABOUT 20 PER CENT ON 1 MARCH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAO8V75FIOKTQCN58UMCN63AJE
    Media URN:
    VLVAO8V75FIOKTQCN58UMCN63AJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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