• Short Summary

    In southern Brazil final preparations are being made for the inauguration of the world's largest hydroelectric project.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN View of dam wall. (2 SHOTS)
    0.33

    2.
    GV PAN Flooded area with technicians observing.
    0.55

    3.
    GV & SV Boat crew moving down river looking for stranded animals in flooded area. (2 SHOTS)
    1.08

    4.
    GV Flooded landscape.
    1.18

    5.
    GV ZOOM IN TO SV Men rescuing possum with net and taking out of net and holding. (3 SHOTS)
    2.02

    6.
    SVs Rescuing a bird, a rat and a snake. (4 SHOTS)
    2.34

    7.
    AERIAL VIEW Parana River - the river being flooded.
    2.45




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    Background: In southern Brazil final preparations are being made for the inauguration of the world's largest hydroelectric project. The Itaipu Dam stands 62 storeys high, stretches more than 90 city blocks long and is destined to produce 12,600 megawatts of electricity for Brazil and Paraguay, the two countries that are jointly building it on their common border. The total cost of the dam is 18 billion US dollars. Brazil leads the world in the use of hydroelectric power with 30 per cent of its energy coming from that source and 40 per cent expected when Itaipu is functioning. To accommodate the dam 42,000 people were evacuated, cemeteries relocated and there have been six years of archaeological exploration, animal and plant rescues, reafforestation studies and research into land use, fish life, water quality and climate. Making a list of what was in the area to be flooded and trying to save specimens for relocation elsewhere is a relatively new science. It is especially important to Brazil because two other project-related lakes of far larger proportions are to be formed shortly. As the water level of the flooded areas of the Parana River started to rise rescue operations for stranded animals got under way. A team of 120 people using 15 vehicles, 17 boats and a helicopter rescued more than 2,000 animals included monkeys, hares, opossums, snakes and wild cats. All these animals, except the poisonous snakes, will be set free in nearby reserves. The snakes will be sent to Brazil's famous snake institute at Butanta.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABRQZ2DR3QCF0RTVQFWBKVN1IL
    Media URN:
    VLVABRQZ2DR3QCF0RTVQFWBKVN1IL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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