TURKEY: GIANT BALLOON FILLED WITH DRINKING WATER SETS OFF TO SEA TO RELIEVE DROUGHT-STRICKEN NORTHERN CYPRUS
- Title: TURKEY: GIANT BALLOON FILLED WITH DRINKING WATER SETS OFF TO SEA TO RELIEVE DROUGHT-STRICKEN NORTHERN CYPRUS
- Date: 15th July 1998
- Summary: ANAMUR, TURKEY (JULY 15, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV THE STATE HYDRAULICS PLATFORM 0.05 2. VARIOUS VIEWS OF THE BOAT AND THE WORKERS (2 SHOTS) 0.15 3. SLV BOAT ON WHICH THE BALLOON IS BEING CONNECTED TO THE WATER SOURCE BY A PIPE 0.23 4. MV WORKERS CONNECTING THE TWO ENDS 0.29 5. PAN WORKER 0.34 6. VARIOUS THE BALLOON BEING FILLED (2 SHOTS) 0.46 7. PAN/MV WORKERS ON THE PIPES (2 SHOTS) 0.58 8. VARIOUS OF THE PUMPING MACHINE (2 SHOTS) 1.08 9. SCU KAZIM CILDIR, CAPTAIN PROJECT MANAGER SAYING THAT THE PROJECT WILL ENABLE THEM TO TRANSFER 7 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER IN JUST ONE YEAR. THAT MEANS THEY SHOULD CARRY APPROXIMATELY 20 CUBIC METRES OF WATER PER DAY WHEN THE PROJECT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL" 1.23 10. VARIOUS OF THE WATER SOURCE (5 SHOTS) 1.55 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ANAMUR, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Duration: 00:01:57
- Story Text: A tug has dragged a huge balloon filled with fresh water from southern Turkey.It is part of Turkey's commitment to help drought-hit northern Cyprus by bringing up to seven million cubic metres of water to its shores.
Turkey will begin delivering fresh water in seaborn balloons to its ethnic kin on the divided island of Cyprus this month.
Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency said three million cubic metres of water would be towed in three balloons to northern Cyprus in the first year of the project aiming to relieve years of drought on the island.
If necessary the volume could be increased to seven million cubic metres, while the long-term aim is to build a water pipeline from Turkey to the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Ankara.
The project was first scheduled to begin in April but was delayed by the construction of a sea platform in Cyprus.A series of experimental water transfers have been conducted since then.
Turkey maintains around 30,000 troops in north Cyprus in support of a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state which declared its independence from the internationally recognised government in the south in 1983.
Multiple international efforts to end the long-standing division of the island between rival ethnic Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities have failed.
Tension over the island has mounted in recent months after Greek Cypriot authorities announced they planned to deploy Russian-made missiles in southern Cyprus.Turkey has threatened to strike the missiles if they are deployed.
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