• Short Summary

    INDONESIA IS SUFFERING A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF FOOD, AND LAMPUNG PROVINCE, IN SOUTHERN SUMATRA, IS ONE OF THE WORST AFFECTED AREAS.

  • Description

    INDONESIA IS SUFFERING A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF FOOD, AND LAMPUNG PROVINCE, IN SOUTHERN SUMATRA, IS ONE OF THE WORST AFFECTED AREAS. INDONESIA'S ACTING PRESIDENT SUHARTO HAS TAKEN EMERGENCY STEPS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

    ALTHOUGH LAMPUNG IS ONE OF INDONESIA'S MAJOR RICE-GROWING AREAS, 11 MONTHS OF DROUGHT HAVE WIPED OUT MANY OF THE PROVINCES'S MOST PRODUCTIVE AREAS. THE VILLAGES OF BANDJIT AND BARADATU -- SHOWN IN THIS FILM -- ARE WAGING A DAILY BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION.

    GENERAL SUHARTO HAS ORDERED THE IMMEDIATE DESPATCH OF 500 TONS OF RICE TO SOUTHERN SUMATRA. THE SHIPMENT HAS ALREADY LEFT, AND WILL BE MATCHED BY CONTINUING SHIPMENTS UP TO MARCH THIS YEAR. IN ALL, SOME 4,500 TONS OF RICE ARE EXPECTED TO BE SENT TO THE AREA.

    THERE HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATIONS -- BY SCHOOLCHILDREN AS WELL AS ADULTS -- AGAINST THE CONSEQUENT RISE IN PRICES SINCE THE FOOD SHORTAGE.

    IN THE VILLAGE OF BANDJIT, ABOUT 125 PEOPLE HAVE DIED THROUGH STARVATION, AND A TEAM OF INDONESIAN DOCTORS IS AT WORK TREATING MANY OF THE VILLAGES'S REMAINING INHABITANTS FOR BERI-BERI, ULCERS AND SCABIES. BERI-BERI IS A VITAMIN DEFICIENCY DISEASE COMMON IN ASIAN COUNTRIES.

    IN BARADATU, SOME 50 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OF STARVATION. MANY OF THE VILLAGERS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO EAT JUNGLE BEANS.

    IRONICALLY, SOME AREAS OF INDONESIA HAVE RICE SURPLUSES, BUT THE PROBLEMS OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION HAVE SO FAR WITHHELD SUPPLIES FROM LESS ENDOWED AREAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4Z7Z1NY95WE52YV5M2PHZW0Z5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Z7Z1NY95WE52YV5M2PHZW0Z5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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