• Short Summary

    Takeo, the commercial centre of once-thriving commercial region south of Phnom Penh, is virtually surrounded by water -- a lake and low-lying paddy fields.

  • Description

    Takeo, the commercial centre of once-thriving commercial region south of Phnom Penh, is virtually surrounded by water -- a lake and low-lying paddy fields. But now, it's an island of another kind. It's in the middle of an area used by Communist forces for sanctuaries, food collecting and infiltration within the Khmer Republic and to South Vietnam.

    Takeo once had a population of 12,000; now it's down to 4,000 people. Most of those in the town are from the surrounding countryside and the town's own population has largely fled.

    Largo areas of land along Highway Two -- the link with Takeo and Phnom Penh -- lie unused and whole villages are deserted, giving the Communist an uninterrupted run into South Vietnam.

    Halfway between Takeo and Phnom Penh lies Chambak which -- apart from little more than a dozen people -- is a ghost town. It was battered in earlier fighting and only the school building is intact. And only two stallholders remain in the once-busy market.

    SYNOPSIS: It's this lake that helps make the town of Takeo -- south of Phnom Penh -- something of an inland island. The town is also surrounded by paddy fields which add to its isolation. But now, it's an island of another kind. The town is in the middle of an area used by Communist forces for sanctuaries, food collecting and infiltration within the Khmer Republic and into South Vietnam. That Communist presence has had a profound impression on Takeo. Before the war, its population as a thriving market town was twelve thousand. Now, it's down to four thousand.

    Most of Takeo's people have fled and those there are largely from the countryside. The residential section is abandoned.

    Along Highway Two, which links Takeo with the capital great areas of land lie unused. Whole villages have been deserted, giving the Communist an uninterrupted run towards the border towards neighbouring South Vietnam.

    Halfway between Takeo and Phnom Penh on Highway Two lies the town of Chambak. Apart from only about a dozen people, it's a ghost town.

    The town was hit badly in earlier fighting and only the school building remains intact.

    And only two hardy stallholders remain in the once-thriving market place.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2K4JMK9F1TYN7I6RU3KT769L2
    Media URN:
    VLVA2K4JMK9F1TYN7I6RU3KT769L2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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