The West German Government is providing an airlift to Upper Volta to move drought relief supplies shipped by sea to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.
The West German Government is providing an airlift to Upper Volta to move drought relief supplies shipped by sea to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. Upper Volta is one of the West African countries suffering from the drought and is dependent on Abidjan for the aid imports that have come from many countries.
Rains have washed out most of the roads into the remote arid areas of the region, hindering the transport of vital supplies of grain and powered milk. Two West German military aircraft are making two trips from Abidjan each day with a total of 28 tons of supplies. Military trucks have also been sent to Abidjan by West Germany to drive from the port with loads of sorghum, millet and rice.
The aircraft have been able to take 260 tons of powdered milk to Ouagadougou in six days. From the Upper Volts capital, the supplies are mainly transported by road, but an experimental airlift is also being tried out. German and French aircraft have been making runs with 5 ton loads and if the experiments are successful, more aircraft will be requested to help.
The West German airlift is part of the relief operation sponsored by the European Economic Community (EEC). The Community has offered GBP 7,750,000 sterling ($ 10 million U.S.) for relief to the six associated members in West Africa which are badly affected by the drought. The United States and Canada have also contributed substantial amounts of aid.
Aid officials say that throughout August and September Upper Volta will be entirely dependent on mercy flights. And the officials say that even if this year's harvest is good, aid shipments will still be needed for many months.
SYNOPSIS: Relief supplies bound for drought-stricken Upper Volta are being speeded on their way by a West German airlift from the Ivory Coast. Two military from the Ivory Coast. Two military aircraft are flying between Abidjan port and the Upper Volta capital, Ouagadougou with the supplies.
They are able to make two trips each day and in six days they took in 260 tons of powdered milk. This is vital for the nomad children now that local milk supplies have dried up.
The milk powder is provided by the European Economic Community as part of its aid relief programme to the six associate members in West Africa, severely affected by the drought.
The Community has offered seven and three-quarters of a million sterling for relief and most of this is being shipped by sea to Abidjan.
The United States and Canada have also been major contributors of aid.
Aid officials say that throughout August and September, Upper Volta will be entirely dependent on mercy flights. When the supplies arrive in Ouagadougou, they are transported by road to the remote arid areas.
But rains have washed out many of the roads and an experimental airlift from Ouagadougou is being tried out. German and French aircraft are making the trial runs, and if the operation's successful, other countries will be asked to help.