As the United States continues to distribute its ten million dollars worth (four million sterling) of aid to the survivors of the East Pakistan cyclone disaster, officials have estimated that it will be at least a year before the victims are rehabilitated.
GV Red Cross and Civil Defence supplies unloaded at Dacca Airport (3 shots)
SV Red Cross supplies off-loaded (3 shots)
CU & LV U.S. Army UH-1 helicopter being unloaded from USAF C141 (3 shots)
CU&SV Helicopter takes off with supplies
AV Flying over terrain
AV People run to catch supplies thrown from helicopter dead carcasses of animals around (9 shots)
Initials PAF/MR/MH/1621 PAF/MR/MH/1659
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Background: As the United States continues to distribute its ten million dollars worth (four million sterling) of aid to the survivors of the East Pakistan cyclone disaster, officials have estimated that it will be at least a year before the victims are rehabilitated.
Many newspapers in Pakistan have alleged that lack of co-ordination among relief agencies has left survivors in many of the disaster areas still without food and medicine. Large numbers of victims as well as animal carcasses, still remain unburied.
The first U.S. helicopters arrived on November 18 and they began delivering food directly to survivors. Using low-level air drops and ground deliveries, the helicopter crews distributed 58 tons of food and other relief supplies in the first five days of operation.
With eight UH-1 helicopters and 63 crew and support personnel operating now, the supply distribution has changed in emphasis and is being made directly to government food and aid distribution points at a rate of 25 to 30 tons daily.
In addition sorties are providing transportation to isolated areas for American and Pakistani medical mission personnel and evacuation for the seriously ill and injured.