• Short Summary

    In Bangladesh, a massive international relief operation seems to have averted starvation that threatened millions of people affected by the country's worst drought in forty years.

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    In Bangladesh, a massive international relief operation seems to have averted starvation that threatened millions of people affected by the country's worst drought in forty years.

    SYNOPSIS: The worst of the drought centred upon one thousand square miles (2560 square kilometres) in the north west of the country. Here, ??? Bangladesh government has ??? a 'food for work' ??? designed to help landless peasants, the people who've been the hardest hit by the drought.

    Five years ago, nearly seven thousand people starved to death in a famine. This time, the figure is reported to be under a hundred...international aid organisations have provided almost two million tonnes of food grain. It has been sent in over four months, since the first signs of famine were reported in july
    The food has been distributed, with help from local people and international agencies, in villages in the famine areas. Each day queues, usually of women and children, form to receive an allowance of about one pound (half a kilogramme) per person. According to observers the aid programme seems to have reached almost all the people affected by the drought, and, though more people are likely to die, the number of deaths has been appreciably checked. It is estimated that almost a third of the country's arable land was turned into waste ground by the drought; in a country where more than two thirds of the eighty million population work in agriculture.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EAVBOX9FYBZBQPQ5ITK425UR
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EAVBOX9FYBZBQPQ5ITK425UR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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