A senior Portuguese cabinet minister said on September 4 that his country's most popular tourist beaches, along the Costa Do Sol between Lisbon and Cascais, should be closed to bathing because of heavy pollution.
SV & GV Estoril, holiday area in Portugal, street scenes (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Coastline TO sewage outlet on seafront
GV Holidaymakers walking along seafront. PAN TO sewage of beach (2 shots)
GV PULL BACK FROM Children playing in the sea TO sewage pipeline, with sewage pouring into sea (2 shots)
SV Woman diving under water, PULL BACK TO SHOW holidaymakers on beach
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Background: A senior Portuguese cabinet minister said on September 4 that his country's most popular tourist beaches, along the Costa Do Sol between Lisbon and Cascais, should be closed to bathing because of heavy pollution. The statement caused alarm to Portugal's tourist industry, one of the country's major foreign currency earners, and highlighted a growing problem for local councils in the area. In a radio interview, the Portuguese Minister of the Quality of Life, Francisco Sousa Tavares, said there had already been cases of intestinal disorders this year arising from polluted beaches. The problem is posing a serious threat to the Portuguese economy. Last year tourism earned eight hundred million dollars, with an increase of at least eleven per cent forecast for this year. For many of the ten million tourist who visit Portugal each year, the main attractions are the sunny and sandy beaches of the Costa Do Sol. At one of the most popular beaches, at Estoril, local councillors said the claims dangerous pollution levels were causing undue alarm. However, the council admitted there was a problem, and a major cleaning-up scheme requiring massive government and municipal investment was essential. In some coastal areas, sewage pipes dump their contents into the ocean only metres from where tourists regularly swim.