• Short Summary

    Reports from Bangladesh indicate that no matter how generous donor countries prove to be in coming weeks, it will probably be impossible to land enough food in the flood-ravaged country to avert famine.

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    Reports from Bangladesh indicate that no matter how generous donor countries prove to be in coming weeks, it will probably be impossible to land enough food in the flood-ravaged country to avert famine.

    Prime Minister Skeikh Mujibur Rahman has emphasised that food is the top priority relief requirement. Food Ministry officials have calculated that some 750,000 tons of grain are needed within the next two months to keep the millions of flood victims starving.

    Large quantities of supplies - food s Medical supplies and blankets - have begun arriving from the United States, Britain and other European countries. But it has become increasingly clear that the international community is not going to respond to the government's requests for aid on anything like the scale hoped for.

    Even assuming the requests for food-grain were available, it would take about another three months to procure it and ship ???t to Bangladesh. It would be much longer before any of it reached those in need through the country's inadequate and handicapper distribution system.

    Even before the floods - and the susequent destruction of much of the spring rice crop - the government was negotiating the import of 1,700.000 tons of food-grain. These supplies will continue to come in, but the demand on the government's network of ration shops will be greatly increased by the loss of the rice crop.

    Another distribution problem is the lack of hard ground for relief aid helicopters to land on. As the flood waters recede, the ground is left soggy and helicopters face the danger of becoming bogged down.

    SYNOPSIS: As flood waters recede in most parts of Bangladesh, it's becoming increasingly clear that the millions of flood victims could face famine within the next few weeks. Reports from the flood-ravaged country indicate that no matter how generous international donors prove to be, it will probably be impossible to land enough food to avert famine.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has emphasised that
    food is the top priority relief requirement. Food Ministry officials have calculated that some seven hundred and fifty thousand tons of food-grain will be needed within the next two months to make up for a rice crop loss of one and a half million tons. The government also faces major problems in distributing food, once it's obtained.

    A major distribution problem for the Bangladesh ration network is the lack of hard ground for relief aid helicopters to land on. As the flood waters recede, the ground is left soggy and helicopters face the danger of becoming bogged down.

    Quantities of food and medical supplies have been arriving from donor countries. But it has become clear that the international community is not responding to requests for aid on anything like the scale hoped for. Even assuming the requests for food grain were available, it would take about four months to ship the grain to Bangladesh and distribute it to those in need. On present indications, the next two months will be a harrowing, and hungry time for the flood victims of Bangladesh.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3URD40WN985MMKAI65R5U27G4
    Media URN:
    VLVA3URD40WN985MMKAI65R5U27G4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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