North Vietnam is recovering from the worst floods to strike the Red River Delta in the last 50 years.
North Vietnam is recovering from the worst floods to strike the Red River Delta in the last 50 years. This film, from an official North Vietnamese source, is the first coverage of the flood damage and reconstruction work received by Visnews.
According to information supplied, the film was shot near Cuoem Village in Jialam Prefecture, some 10 miles (15 Kms) north-east of Hanoi. It shows students and workers repairing a big breach in the bank of the duong River which connects the Hong and Thai Binh Rivers, some of the many stream which criss-cross the delta and make it North Vietnam's rice-bowl.
Efforts to plant new rice in the damaged paddy fields and a broken bridge are also shown.
The flood disaster was first mentioned by Premier Pham Van Dong in his Independence Day speech on August 31 (see Visnews Production 10587/71).
SYNOPSIS: Film from North Vietnam has just reached the outside world showing the effects of the disastrous floods which ravaged the Red River Delta in August and September. The delta is Hanoi's rice-bowl, serving North Vietnam as the Mekong delta serves the South. The first official reference to the disaster came in a speech by North Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dog. He said the northern part of the country had been affected by a very big flood, even bigger than the 1945 catastrophe. Agriculture, communications, transport, state and private property had all suffered losses, he said.
Near Duoem Village, in Jialem Province, students from various universities in Hanoi were working to repair a big breach in the bank of the Duong River. This spot is about ten miles from Hanoi. Normally the Duong River, which links the Hong and Thai Binh rivers, helps to control flooding. But this time its waters broke out and flooded the surrounding low-lying country. The floods came at a time when North Vietnam's economy was recovering from the effects of United States bombing which ended three years ago.
The flood disaster has caused havoc in the rice paddies. Efforts have been made to plant them with young rice brought in from other areas but the operation's been seriously delayed. There's one consolation: the floods have covered the area with a richly-fertile mud.