The distribution of food and medical supplies to victims of the disastrous floods in Ceylon is continuing.
Travel shot flooded countryside
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Flooded atap huts
Air Ceylon plane on tarmac
Sign "Food Parcels"
Troops loading aircraft
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Plane taking off
Aerial view of floods
Aerial view of flooded villages
Plane on ground - people in foreground
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Man building shelter
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People in water
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Background: The distribution of food and medical supplies to victims of the disastrous floods in Ceylon is continuing. The latest country to send help is Communist China, which has made a gift of fifteen thousand pounds to the Ceylon Government. Latest reports indicate that Ceylon is now slowly emerging from one of the worst natural disasters in her history. This film shows the flooded countryside in the Puttlam area in north-west Ceylon. Steady rain had fallen around here for forty days, culminating in the floods which caused such widespread damage and destruction. The Prime Minister of Ceylon, Mr. Bandanaraike, appealed for help from overseas countries. Another step was the cancellation of overseas flights by Air Ceylon, whose planes were, instead, used to fly food and medicine to stricken areas.
Troops of the Ceylon Army were called in to help load the aircraft. The Indian Air Force flew transport aircraft to Ceylon as quickly as possible. India also sent two helicopters. Other aircraft were sent by the Canadian Government -- this is one of the Canadian planes.
From the airport at Colombo, the rescue planes were flown to Galoya, Anuradhapura, Mineriya and Jaffna, which were the most affected areas in the north-west. The flood waters stretched for miles in an unbroken sheet over what had once been green and fertile country. The planes landed on an airstrip in the Puttlam area which had been built for the Royal Air Force during the war.
Now the work of reconstruction is going on. Here, Singhalese are building temporary shelters for people whose homes were washed away in the worst floods in Ceylon in living memory.