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    CUBATAO, BRAZIL

    The Brazilian town of Cubatao, devastated in February this year by a fire which killed an estimated 100 slum dwellers, still lives under a pall of pollutant gases with pipelines carrying oil and dangerous chemicals running through residential areas.

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    1. GV & PAN Smog lying over hills surrounding factory complex 0.14
    2. GV PULL BACK TO LV Chemical works with chimneys belching clouds of smoke 0.34
    3. GV Smoke rising from factory to join low vapour cloud 0.37
    4. GV Road with heavy trucks PAN TO chemical works beyond polluted river with electrical cables hanging over it ZOOM INTO factory emitting smoke 0.58
    5. GV Sign reading "Cubatao Vida Nova" (new life) 1.02
    6. GV Trucks entering complex PAN TO smoke from chimneys & GVs chemical works emitting smoke, and yellow chemical vapour (5 shots) 1.24
    7. GV Families walk down shanty town road 1.30
    8. GV & SV Polluted stream with ducks nesting beside it (2 shots) 1.40
    9. GVs & SVs & CUs Children playing in shanty town streets (5 shots) 2.02
    10. GV & CU & SV Children affected by chemicals (3 shots) 2.13
    11. GV & SV ZOOM INTO CU Mother and child in hospital with child being given inhalant to clear lungs (2 shots) 2.30
    12. GVs, SV & CU Pollution measuring equipment (2 shots) 2.42
    13. GV & TRACKING SHOT Fertiliser factory with smoke belching from it (2 shots) 3.04
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    Background: CUBATAO, BRAZIL

    The Brazilian town of Cubatao, devastated in February this year by a fire which killed an estimated 100 slum dwellers, still lives under a pall of pollutant gases with pipelines carrying oil and dangerous chemicals running through residential areas. The February 24 fire erupted when petrol leaking from a pipeline ignited and burnt through a mile of shanty town huts which had been built over it. Approximately 85,000 people live in the slum; a plan formulated two years ago to rehouse these people elsewhere came to nothing. They live surrounded by petro-chemical industries, spewing out an estimated 60 tonnes of toxic waste daily. Thirty years ago the land was unspoilt but now it is known as the "Valley of Death". The surrounding mountains have been defoliated by the high pollution level and the skies are grey from the chemical gases hanging over the valley. Children suffer from skin diseases, and 80 per cent of the infant population has respiratory problems. Each day, a local clinic sees 45 young patients needing inhalation treatment to clear their lungs. Others suffer from lead poisoning which causes anaemia and nervous disorders. Malnutrition and pollution, doctors say, combine to produce high infant mortality and a large number of deformed births. The government has installed equipment to measure pollution levels: twice in May, levels just short of the state of emergency mark were recorded. If an emergency were declared, it would mean evacuation of the population, closing down all industry and banning traffic in the area. Environmentalists say the slums of Cubatao are at daily risk from a disaster on the scale of February's fire.

    Source: REUTERS - BRIAN SEWELL

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHRS4OO3H45O1XOXV600UMAQE
    Media URN:
    VLVAHRS4OO3H45O1XOXV600UMAQE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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