Since the intensification of United States air strikes over North Vietnam, the people of Hanoi have been re-adapting their lives to meet the threat of air attack.
GV Men and women undergo militia training (2 shots)
CU Soldier demonstrating use of rifle
CU Women aim rifles
SV Man with sub machinegun
CU Young workers (3 shots)
CU PAN FROM Bottled drinks to people at stall
CU People drinking (2 shots)
GV People in street
SV Waitress serves drinks at lakeside cafe
SV Couple at cafe table (3 shots)
GV PAN People in cafe.
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Background: Since the intensification of United States air strikes over North Vietnam, the people of Hanoi have been re-adapting their lives to meet the threat of air attack.
Half the capital's population has already been evacuated. Many shops and businesses have been officially closed, and have been replaced by mobile stalls.
Official information sources in Hanoi state that U.S. bombing has been restricted to the capital's suburbs. The central area has not been hit. And for those citizens who remain, it's still possible to enjoy recreation at the lakeside of Hanoi's Central Park.
Another area of the park is used by factory workers for militia training. They are urged on by fears that South Vietnam might attempt a landing in the north, and they receive their weapons training from war veterans.
SYNOPSIS: Half the population of Hanoi has been evacuated since the intensification of United States air strikes over North Vietnam. Those who remain are officials or industrial workers--like these men and women receiving militia training in Hanoi's Central Park.
Official news sources in Hanoi say that these young workers have been urged on in their training by fears that South Vietnam might try to mount a landing in the north. The Central Park is one of the safest places in the city. Air-raids have not so far been reported on central areas, though the cutskirts have been hit.
A result of the air strikes has been an increase in the number of mobile stalls in the city. They're used to replace shops and businesses in danger areas which have been closed by order of the Hanoi Air Defence Headquarters.
Back in Central Park, a peaceful lakeside cafe offers a chance of relaxation before the daily air-raid alarms. During the weekend, the North Vietnamese claimed that another four U.S. aircraft had been shot down over their territory, bringing total losses to over three-thousand seven-hundred aircraft.