BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: GAS AND WATER SUPPLIES NO LONGER REACH CERTAIN AREAS IN SARAJEVO
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: GAS AND WATER SUPPLIES NO LONGER REACH CERTAIN AREAS IN SARAJEVO
- Date: 7th November 1995
- Summary: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (NOVEMBER 7, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV SNOW COVERED STREETS 0.05 2. SV EXTERIOR PUMPING STATION 0.08 3. SV INTERIOR STATION (2 SHOTS) 0.16 4. SV EIGHT-YEAR OLD ARIANNA COLLECTING WATER AND TAKING IT HOME (5 SHOTS) 0.48 5. SV ARIANNA'S HOME WITH MOTHER WASHING DISHES (3 SHOTS) 1.00 6. SV MAN TRYING TO LIGHT GAS AND SAYING WE HAVE NO GAS (SERBO CROAT) 1.09 7. SV EXTERIOR KOSEVO HOSPITAL 1.13 8. SV INTERIOR CHILDREN'S WARD: VARIOUS OF WARD/ GIRL WASHING HANDS (9 SHOTS) 1.42 9. SCU DOCTOR MELIHA SAKIC SAYING CONDITIONS FOR CHILDREN ARE TERRIBLE (SERBO-CROAT) 1.57 10. SV CHILDREN IN WARD 2.01 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:02:04
- Story Text: As heavy snow continues to fall in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the basic utilities such as water and gas, which were preconditions for a ceasefire and the start of peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, are no longer reaching large areas of the city.
Co-ordinator for the distribution of water in Sarajevo, Emir Tufekcic, said normally the main water pump station in town pumps 1,000 litres (219 imperial gallons) of water per second into the city. At the moment, Tufekcic said, the water supply, which passes through Bosnian Serb held territory, is pumping only 200 litres (43.8 imperial gallons) per second. It is not clear exactly why the water pressure has been drastically reduced.
Many of the houses in town now have no water. Eight year-old Arianna no longer plays in the snow with her friends but is forced to brave the bitter cold to collect water in cannisters and carry it back to her home. Sights such as these have not been seen in Sarajevo for the last two weeks when the water supply was adequate to reach peoples houses.
In the childrens' ward at Kosevo hospital, conditions for the twenty children currently admitted are terrible, said Doctor Meliha Sakic.
"We have only two electrical heaters in the ward to provide warmth for the children and as you can see we have no water supply for the children to be able to wash themselves easily" Sakic said.
The gas supply in Sarajevo is now down to a minimal level and many parts of the town have no fuel to heat their apartments. A message from the Bosnian government to the population, delivered via the local radio station said that people were forbidden to heat their apartments using electrical heaters in a bid to conserve the electricity supply into town.
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