In Kampuchea, the government of Heng Samrin is tackling the heavy task of trying to restore the country's transport networks.
GV Goods trucks in siding
SV Man waving flag PAN ACROSS TO GV train moving off
CU Train driver AND TILT DOWN TO wheels of train (2 shots)
GV Passengers on train PULL BACK TO rear of train
CU Woman walking across bridge
CU Road TILT UP TO truck passing on road with potholes
GV Cyclists along same road with potholes
GV Boat, with three people on board, on river AND PAN ACROSS TO LV bridge across river
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Background: In Kampuchea, the government of Heng Samrin is tackling the heavy task of trying to restore the country's transport networks. Both road and rail systems have suffered in the turmoil of recent years.
SYNOPSIS: This section of railway line is near Battambang, only a few kilometres from the Thai border.
Running from the capital of Phnom Penh to Battambang, it used to be the second most important railway line in the country, but has not been functional for five years. The government hopes to have it open for traffic in four months' time. An American news magazine said recently that only four locomotives were available throughout the country to haul supply trains to rural distribution centres handling the seven hundred and fifty tons of food a day being delivered to Kampuchea. Roads are in bad repair, with some said to be impassable.
The shortage of vehicles, and the poor condition of both road and rail arteries, is preventing foodstuffs from reaching the remotest provinces in sufficient quantities. To get the railways working properly, much repair work will be needed on bridges as well.