• Short Summary

    URGENT APPEALS FOR HELP HAVE BEEN MADE BY SOCIAL WORKERS FOR THE STRICKEN STATE OF RAJASTHAN, IN INDIA, WHERE THE AUTUMN CROP HAS ALREADY FAILED BECAUSE OF DROUGHT, AND WHERE THE SPRING CROP LOOKS LIKE FAILING ALSO.

  • Description

    URGENT APPEALS FOR HELP HAVE BEEN MADE BY SOCIAL WORKERS FOR THE STRICKEN STATE OF RAJASTHAN, IN INDIA, WHERE THE AUTUMN CROP HAS ALREADY FAILED BECAUSE OF DROUGHT, AND WHERE THE SPRING CROP LOOKS LIKE FAILING ALSO. FAMINE RELIEF CAMPS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN THE STATE, BUT PEOPLE IN THEM ARE DYING FROM MALNUTRITION.

    THE PEOPLE OF THE WESTERN DESERT STATE OF RAJASTHAN ARE USED TO BATTLING FOR THEIR LIVES. IT WAS FROM THIS REGION THAT THE FAMED AND FEARED RAJPUT WARRIORS CAME. BUT TODAY THEY ARE FIGHTING AN INVISIBLE ENEMY, AND UNLESS THE RAINS COME THIS WINTER, THEY WILL LOSE THE BATTLE.

    WITH THE COMPLETE ABSENCE OF THE SUMMER MONSOONS, THE 'KHARIF' - THE WINTER HARVEST - HAS FAILED TOTALLY. NOW, FARMERS ARE ANXIOUSLY WATCHING THE SKIES FOR THEIR SECOND CHANCE AT SURVIVAL. IF THE WINTER MONSOONS COME, THEN THE 'RABI' - THE SPRING HARVEST - WILL FLOURISH. BUT DO FAR THREE HAS BEEN NO SIGNS OF THE RAINS.

    RAJASTHAN IS SEAMED WITH WATERCOURSES, BUT AT THE BEST OF TIMES, THEY RARELY CARRY WATER. TODAY THEY ARE BEING LOST TO THE ENCROACHING DESERT WHICH IS RAPIDLY SWALLOWING EVEN NORMALLY FERTILE LAND.

    IF THE WINTER RAINS FAIL, THEN TWO MILLION PEOPLE WILL FACE AN EVEN GREATER RISK OF DEATH FROM STARVATION - AND OF FALLING PREY TO THE ALREADY OVERFED VULTURES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2OINGXV2ZW5CEF4VFT6O5WOTZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OINGXV2ZW5CEF4VFT6O5WOTZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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