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    For drought affected Africa, the future still looks bleak.

    The officer in charge of the Food?

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    For drought affected Africa, the future still looks bleak.

    The officer in charge of the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) relief operation, Mr. J.V. Nehemiah has predicted that in the short term, emergency relief measures will continue to be necessary "even if normal rains occur in the next rainy season".

    The indications are that rainfall might again be below normal.

    In the drought and famine stricken regions of Mali rainfall was less in May and June than it was in the same period in 1973.

    But so far this month there has been an increase in the amount of rainfall and water levels have risen in the upper reaches of the Niger, Bani and Senegal rivers.

    The mercy shipments of food and medical aid form around the world continue to arrive at African ports for shipment inland.

    SYNOPSIS: Oran Harbour, in northern Algeria, has become the beginning of a lifeline for starving Africans in the southern Sahara desert. Food and medical supplies arrive in the port for transportation south to the drought affected areas of Mali.

    From Oran the grain must make a 2,000 mile cross desert trip to the starving people of Mali. The road trip has to be completed before the anxiously awaited rains come. In the last seven years the rains have failed. So far this year the rainfall in drought affected parts of Mali has been below that of last year, but this month there has been an increase, and water levels have risen in the upper reaches of the Niger, Bani and Senegal rivers.

    But even if normal rains fall this year, the officer in charge of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisations SAHEL relief operation believes emergency relief measures will continue to be necessary in the immediate future. If the rains fail again this year, he predicts another massive relief effort involving more than a million tons of supplies will be needed to keep the population of the six SAHEL countries alive next year.

    In the drought stricken countries of Senegal, Mali, Mauratania, Niger, Chad and Upper Volta, the aid programme by United Nations and other international organisations is providing roads as well as food and medical supplies, and irrigation to help rehabilitate agriculture.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1RUPZQPM73NYY4Q820Z5UOMEY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RUPZQPM73NYY4Q820Z5UOMEY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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