• Short Summary

    Twenty-six tons of anti-cholera vaccine was flown out of Britain on Sunday to the desperate thousands of East Pakistani refugees suffering from the cholera epidemic in India.

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    Twenty-six tons of anti-cholera vaccine was flown out of Britain on Sunday to the desperate thousands of East Pakistani refugees suffering from the cholera epidemic in India.

    The departure of the particular consignment shown in this film was made possible by the efforts of a drug firm's employees who had worked all night to despatch the shipment. The freighter which carried it was specially chartered by a charity in Kent.

    The cholera death toll in the Nadia district of West Bengal, north of Calcutta, was reported on Sunday to have risen to more than three thousand, and obviously the efforts of super-powers are needed to deal with the epidemic and the general problem of the refugees sheltered at present by India.

    U.S. officials said on Sunday they were anxious to move ahead with relief efforts in East Pakistan, but were powerless to act until arrangements are made with the Pakistan Government on how to get food and supplies into the region.

    The problem is easier with refugees who fled across the border into India. The U.S. Government has so far announced a contribution of 2 1/2 million dollars (one million Sterling), and further donations are expected shortly.

    In addition, the U.S. is sending four large military transport aircraft to the border zone of India to help in moving refugees to areas where there are more facilities and supplies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QCP4RAMGYIFOY35XFFVNV6LP
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QCP4RAMGYIFOY35XFFVNV6LP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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