In Thailand, where floodwaters have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, a massive relief operation is underway.
GV Hercules aircraft on tarmac with relief supplies in foreground
SV Royal Australian Airforce insignia on aircraft. PAN TO supplies being loaded aboard aircraft (4 SHOTS)
MV Aircrew on flightdeck
SV From air of flood waters
CU Flight deck
GV AERIAL flood waters
SV AND GV Supplies being off loaded
In many flooded areas there is a shortage of food and refugees are increasingly threatened by starvation and disease. Officials in Bangkok have called for long-term plans and more money to fight the effects of the floods, described as the worst this century.
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Background: In Thailand, where floodwaters have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, a massive relief operation is underway. The main demand in flooded areas has been for rice, medicines and blankets for refugees in temporary relief camps. The thai are force is already distributing emergency supplies, and other countries have offered their assistance. One of them is Australia.
SYNOPSIS: This Hercules transport plane is on loan from the royal Australian Air Force. The crew has been given the task of taking on emergency supplies at Bangkok, and then flying them to devastated areas. The Hercules is well equipped for the job. Its huge cargo hold has eight times the carrying capacity of the aircraft flown by the Thai armed forces.
This area suffered the full onslaught of tropical storms "Lola" and "Kit". With Flying Officer Gary Standon in command, the Hercules is making three sorties a day to provinces in the north of Thailand.
Widespread destruction has occurred in this area--known as the "rice-bowl of Asia". Entire villages have been washed away and more than half a million people have been evacuated. Once the plane reaches a stricken area, the Thai armed forces take charge of the cargo, and distribute it to remote villages.