NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 26, 1978
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(Studio) Special report is on important of Nile River to Egypt.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Cairo, Egypt) Impt. of Nile to Egypt compared to situation in United States if every other body of water in United States except Mississippi River dried up. Napoleon Bonaparte's comment about Nile quoted. Curse of the Nile described, in that it draws people to it thus making population along its banks quite dense and bringing about problems that go with dense population. Population density of Cairo stated. President Sadat's efforts to persuade Egyptians that there is also hope for life in desert reported; new city of Ramadan cited as example of building in desert. Ramadan is between Cairo and Suez Canal. Sadat's plans for Ismailia, where Egyptian troops crossed canal in 1973, noted. Impt. of canal to Egypt outlined. Geologists' beliefs that there are huge water beds beneath desert sand and potential for their development as water supply for Egypt examined. [SADAT - says Nile is sacred to Egyptians, is life to them.] Aswan Dam's advantages and drawbacks described. Greek historian Heroditus' comment about relationship between Nile River and Egypt quoted. Pyramids mentioned.
REPORTER: John Cochran
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