• Short Summary

    More than 45-thousand people are believed to have fled their homes in Central Java during floods which inundated a wide area around the town of Demak.

  • Description

    More than 45-thousand people are believed to have fled their homes in Central Java during floods which inundated a wide area around the town of Demak.

    Five people were reported drowned in the floods, and many thousands of acres of paddyfields were covered with water.

    Flooding is not uncommon at this time of the year as heavy rains deluge the Indonesian archipelago.

    SYNOPSIS: Widespread flooding near the Indonesian town of Demak. It's in Central Java - and the flooding follows torrential rain which has been sweeping the archipelago.

    Boatloads of refugees fled their homes as the water rose. it's believed as many as 45-thousand people may have abandoned their property to seek refuge on higher land. The area was declared a "dangerous zone" by the local governor and relief services swung into action.

    Flooding is not uncommon in Indonesia at this time of the year - and for many children it was welcomed as it provided a week off from school. However - for their parents, damage to paddy fields like these will mean many months of hard work if the rice crop is to succeed. Army officers visited Demak to arrange relief, bringing with them rubber dinghies and vehicles capable of negotiating the flooded roads.

    Five people are reported to have drowned in the Demak floods and at one time there were indications that the town was threatened with famine.

    Fears of starvation subsided as relief workers brought quantifies of food for victims of the floods.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6XNUOLTVGY5O5JMZHSSQE2QKB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XNUOLTVGY5O5JMZHSSQE2QKB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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