• Short Summary

    BRITISH ARMY AND AIR FORCE PLANES IN KENYA ARE PREPARING TO DROP URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD SUPPLIES TO 250,000 STARVING TRIBESMEN WHO ARE CUT OFF IN THE FLOOD-STRICKEN AREAS.

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    BRITISH ARMY AND AIR FORCE PLANES IN KENYA ARE PREPARING TO DROP URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD SUPPLIES TO 250,000 STARVING TRIBESMEN WHO ARE CUT OFF IN THE FLOOD-STRICKEN AREAS.

    ON NOVEMBER 12 OUR CAMERAMAN FLEW OVER THE ATHI RIVER DISTRICT FOR AERIAL VIEWS OF OVERFLOWING RIVERS THAT HAD SWEPT AWAY ROADS AND BRIDGES AND STRANDED THOUSANDS. AND ON NOVEMBER 15, AFTER SIX WEEKS OF ALMOST CONTINUOUS RAIN, THE FLOODS WERE REPORTED TO BE GETTING WORSE.

    THEN HE FLEW ON TO KAJIADO, 70 MILES SOUTH OF NAIROBI, WHERE FLOODS HAVE CUT OFF THE POPULATION OF 40,000 MASAI TRIBESMEN. IN A HOSPITAL THERE HE FILMED 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD NANUJASA, A LITTLE MASAI GIRL WHO WAS SUFFERING FROM ADVANCED STARVATION. SHE WEIGHED ONLY ELEVEN POUNDS AND HAD BEEN VERY NEAR TO DEATH - THIS DAY, HOWEVER, SHE WAS SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT. DOCTORS WERE CARING FOR HUNDREDS OF OTHER CASES OF STARVATION AND MALNUTRITION IN THE HOSPITAL.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT DAY THAT THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT-CARRIER "VICTORIOUS" WAS ON HER WAY TO MOMBASA TO ASSIST IN FAMINE RELIEF. HER HELICOPTERS WILL BE USED TO RESCUE MAROONED VILLAGERS IN THE TANA RIVER AREA WHERE ENTIRE VILLAGES HAVE BEEN SWEPT AWAY. OTHER HELICOPTERS WERE FLOWN TO KENYA FROM BRITAIN BY FOUR BEVERLEY TRANSPORT PLANES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2LYQN7T4857YW56CV5T9LUDIB
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LYQN7T4857YW56CV5T9LUDIB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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