• Short Summary

    A Japanese freighter with a cargo of motor-cycles was hit by communist gunfire on Thursday (April 29th) while travelling up the Mekong River to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

  • Description

    A Japanese freighter with a cargo of motor-cycles was hit by communist gunfire on Thursday (April 29th) while travelling up the Mekong River to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The ship limped into the city about 12 hours after the attack.

    As soon as it berthed, Cambodian fire-fighters went on board to tackle a fire burning inside the freighter. The ship was reported to be at the Neak Luong ferry crossing, about 20 kms south of Phnom Penh, at the time of the attack.

    Among the cargo were many crates of Japanese motor-cycles (Hondas) destined for the ever-growing population of Phnom Penh. Since March last year, the city's population has increased from 700,000 to about 1,400,000. Previously, most people travelled on foot or in "push-cycles" but now there's a heavy demand for motor-cycle transport.

    Phnom Penh is repeating the situation in Saigon a few years ago when half-a-million Japanese motor-cycles were imported to ease the South Vietnamese capital's transport problem.

    The stricken Japanese freighter lay almost in the shadow of what's known locally as the "Japanese bridge" spanning the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. The bridge was built by Japanese engineers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA311XPNZ2NFVU93EGFM2TUTETT
    Media URN:
    VLVA311XPNZ2NFVU93EGFM2TUTETT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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