• Short Summary

    At least seventeen people have died and thousands have been made homeless by the worst hurricane to hit the Fijian islands in 20 years.

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    GV PAN Flooded river
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    GV PAN Flood waters around house
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    GV Building wreckage
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    GV PAN Flood waters around thatched hut
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    SV PAN FROM Villagers pulling children to safety TO stranded people
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    SV Man poling rescue boat
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    SV Man pushing boat through flood waters and stranded bus (2 shots)
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    GV Flooded building
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    GV Lorry in flood water
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    SV Flooded road leading to airport and control tower surrounded by flood water (2 shots)
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    AERIAL V Stranded ship and flooded area.
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    Initials BB/2318 CH/AW/BB/0105



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: At least seventeen people have died and thousands have been made homeless by the worst hurricane to hit the Fijian islands in 20 years. Hurricane Bebe swept across the Pacific island group on October 24. The main island of Viti Levu--hardest hit by the hurricane-is still partly covered by floodwaters.

    A massive relief operation is getting under way to supply food and clothing to the tens of thousands of homeless victims. Government and relief organisations fear they may have to provided food for up to 50,000 people over the next six months.

    SYNOPSIS: Floodwaters still covered most of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji almost a week after hurricane Bebe hit the island group. Seventeen people were killed when the 180-mile-an-hour winds smashed through the towns and villages that dot the Fijian coast. And, damage is estimated to run into millions of dollars (pounds sterling).

    Rescuers were working in the remote regions of the islands to reach these stranded by the floodwaters. And the problem of supplying food and shelter to the homeless--estimated at tons of thousands--is one of the biggest problems facing the Fijian Government. Relief operations may have to last for some time. Government and relief organisations fear that they may have organisations fear that they may have to provide food for up to fifty-thousand people over the next six months.

    Hurricane Bebe was the worst storm to hit Fiji in twenty years. And, its effects will be evident for quite a while. Those buildings that were not blown down by the high winds could not avoid damage from the floodwaters. And now, the massive relief operations underway will attempt to prevent the death toll from going higher from starvation and disease.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UT6F03KGVY4ZNZ1DSP4IOGHO
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UT6F03KGVY4ZNZ1DSP4IOGHO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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