• Short Summary

    Thousands of tons of food meant for the drought-stricken lands of Mali and Upper Volta lie heaped up on the dock at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

  • Description

    Thousands of tons of food meant for the drought-stricken lands of Mali and Upper Volta lie heaped up on the dock at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

    Even though the food is being taken inland at a rate of 4000 tons a day, there is still a massive backlog to be moved before the rains at the end of july make the dirt roads impassable. Unless it reaches its destination in time, thousands of people in the outlying districts may face starvation.

    The deliveries from Europe and America have not been staggered, and there are not adequate storage facilities in Abidjan.

    The problem is aggravated by the fact that it is the rainy season and the sacks of sorghum and grain lying at the dockside have to be covered with tarpaulins to prevent them rotting.

    The railways can only handle about 10,000 tons a month. An urgent appeal has gone out to transport owners to mobilize and get the food to its Destination.

    The size of the crisis in the Sahel region was recognized last year, but officials estimate the relief operation is scarcely and more advanced this year. Transport remains the major stumbling block.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1M41S36RWEAXHUWCYL73B0JI3
    Media URN:
    VLVA1M41S36RWEAXHUWCYL73B0JI3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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