Critically needed supplies on medicine, food and clothing are at last getting through to the tidal wave devastated area of East Pakistan.
GV Pakistani Army helicopter
GV U.S. Army helicopter
SV Supplies loaded into Pakistani helicopter (American helicopter in background)
SV & SCU Drums loaded
CU Gasoline drum in helicopter
AIR V..Devastated area
CU INTERIOR..Crewman as helicopter lands
GV Helicopter landing
SV Drums unloaded
LV Man digging around wheels of bogged-down helicopter PAN to unloading operation
SV Helicopters unloaded - PAN to drums being rolled away (3 shots)
GV Helicopter prepares to take off
AIR V..Landing area
TRACKING SHOTS..from helicopter (5 shots)
Initials RJ/PW/ES.13.50 RJ/PW/ES.14.24
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Background: Critically needed supplies on medicine, food and clothing are at last getting through to the tidal wave devastated area of East Pakistan. British, American and Pakistani helicopters have swung into action from a base at Patuakhali, about 150 miles (240 kms) southwest of Dacca on the perimeter of the devastated area.
It has taken more than a week since the cyclone and tidal wave struck for the relief operation to get into full swing. Over the past few days fears have mounted of starvation among survivors. Tons of supplies have been mounting at Dacca airport, awaiting transportation to the disaster area.
With the arrival of the British task force from Singapore and a build-up of relief equipment and manpower from other countries, the mountain of supplies will be removed to the devastated islands in the Bay of Bengal. Petrol supplies have been flown from Dacca to the British base at Patuakhali.
They'll be used to fuel smaller helicopters carrying out large sweeps of the islands to determine where the supplies are most urgently needed. American helicopters are carrying out similar operations from their base at Noakhali.