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Situation assessment

As soon as the training team arrived at Silva Porto on 24 August 1975, they did a thorough assessment of the situation. As it was the case with most towns by that time, Silva Porto was also already halfway depopulated. Most of the civilian inhabitants had fled. Food was scarce. Because it was located in a fertile grain district there was enough grain stockpiled for two years, according to Savimbi, but there was no yeast. A monetary system was still functioning thanks to money from the Banco de Angola that UNITA seized upon outbreak of the war. There was also a limited police service. Telephone connections with Nova Lisboa (Huambo) were still functioning and the town had radio network links with Luso, Nova L;isboa, Norton de Matos, Serpa Pinto and Cangumbe. The supply of water and electricity, however, were sporadic due to a defective hydro-electrical scheme.

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