Massive flooding caused by melting snow has forced the evacuation of thousands of families in Byelorussia -- the south-western republic of the Soviet Union.
AERIAL VIEW Flooded housed in lowlands and rescue boat with people in it.
AERIAL VIEW OF Flooded village.
TRACKING SHOT Boats bringing food supplies.
AERIAL VIEW People in boats bringing food supplies.
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Background: Massive flooding caused by melting snow has forced the evacuation of thousands of families in Byelorussia -- the south-western republic of the Soviet Union. Neighbouring Poland is also inundated with water from the swollen rivers. The flooding is said to be the worst in decades.
SYNOPSIS: More than three million acres in the lowlands of Byelorussia and Poland are under water. Villages in the region are swamped by the floods. These aerial shots, taken in Byelorussia, show the high level of the flood waters. Emergency evacuations have been successful and so far no casualties have been reported. Over four thousand boats are involved in relief operations.
Although there have been no casualties, the region has suffered a serious loos of livestock. Byelorussia is primarily an agricultural region -- specialising in dairy farming and livestock breeding together with a few major crops. The floods are a major blow to an economy struggling to make up for bad harvests of recent years. Millions of acres of prime farm and pasture land are flooded. The Stolinsk district of Byelorussia -- where the Pripet river is said to be experiencing the highest flood waters of this century -- is one of the worst affected areas. Thousands of families have been evacuated from Stolinsk.
Boats of all descriptions have delivered a steady stream of food and supplies to the stranded populace. Items in greatest demand are food and medicines. Latest reports from Byelorussia say the level of water in the swollen rivers of the region is gradually returning to normal.