Hundreds of North Vietnamese peasants have been repairing dykes near the Teybinh River between Hanoi and Haiphong Port following alleged bombing raids by United States Air Force pilots.
GV PAN Dykes and craters (3 shots)
GV & MV Peasants with flag working on dykes (5 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of North Vietnamese peasants have been repairing dykes near the Teybinh River between Hanoi and Haiphong Port following alleged bombing raids by United States Air Force pilots.
According to official North Vietnamese sources, the pilots dropped 26 one-ton bombs on the dykes in this area on July 9 in one of a series of some 135 raids on dykes in North Vietnam in the past three months.
The North Vietnamese deny the bombing of dykes is accidental and claim the raids have been both deliberate and systematic.
United States President Richard Nixon, on the other hand, has declared that the United States "has not and will not" bomb civilian targets in North Vietnam. And he accused the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim "and many well-intentioned and naive people" of seizing upon North Vietnamese propaganda to support the cause against the war.
The North Vietnamese fear that the damaged dykes will result in large-scale flooding, since the rainy season is now at its height.
This official North Vietnamese film shows large craters being filled by peasants along the banks of the Taybinh River.